# How is council tax calculated England?

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Council tax bands in England

## How is council tax band calculated?

Council tax bands are calculated using the value of the property you live in as it would have been at a certain point in time. Then, based on the value, the property is placed into a council tax band – each band is charged a different amount of council tax.

## Does council tax depend on number of bedrooms?

Your council tax banding depends on the estimated value of the house at 1991 prices, not the number of bedrooms. The band depends upon the area you live in and the size and type of the property.

## Is council tax based on property or person?

Who pays council tax ? Council tax is typically paid by the person who occupies the property. If you live alone, you’re the liable person to pay council tax. For properties occupied by more than one person, there is a hierarchical tree to figure out who needs to pay the council tax.

## How much is council tax in the UK?

Council tax bands and charges

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Band Property value range Council tax charge
A Up to and including £40,000 £1,374.01
B £40,001 – £52,000 £1,603.04
C £52,001 – £68,000 £1,832.02
D £68,001 – £88,000 £2,061.03

## What is the highest band of council tax?

Council Tax bands in England (based on 1 April 1991 values)

Band Value at 1 April 1991
E £88,001 to £120,000
F £120,001 to £160,000
G £160,001 to £320,000
H more than £320,000

## Why is council tax so high?

Why is council tax always increasing? Local authorities have consistently raised council tax levels for their residents. Councils have claimed this is due to government cuts (most notably, the austerity programme of the 2010s), as the grants given to them by central government were reduced.

## Why is my council tax more than my Neighbours?

You may be in a higher band than your neighbours because they’re in the wrong band, not you. In that case, if you appeal and stay in the same band, but their band is increased, it won’t make you popular. This additional check helps mitigate the chances of that happening.

## What disabilities qualify for council tax reduction?

To qualify for the council tax disability scheme, the home must be the main home of someone with a substantial and permanent disability. This may be a condition caused through illness, injury, congenital deformity or other reasons, however the disabled person must live at the address permanently.

## How do I avoid council tax UK?

A property may be exempt from council tax if:

1. it is owned by a charity.
2. It is empty because someone has died.
3. it is now unoccupied because the person who lived there now lives elsewhere in order to be cared for.
4. all residents are full-time students.
5. all residents are under 18 years old.
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## Does a tenant pay council tax?

If you have a tenant or joint tenants who have a valid tenancy agreement for the whole property they are responsible for paying the council tax.

## Does council tax depend on number of adults?

You’ll usually have to pay Council Tax if you’re 18 or over and own or rent a home. A full Council Tax bill is based on at least 2 adults living in a home. Spouses and partners who live together are jointly responsible for paying the bill.

## Do you pay council tax every month?

Council Tax is an annual fee your local council charges you for the services it provides, like rubbish collection and libraries. Normally you pay it in 10 monthly instalments, followed by two months of not making any payments.