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Paid too much council tax, can i reclaim?


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Just found out i have been paying too much council tax for the past 4 years!

Basically i have four kids and have always found it difficult to pay my councill tax ( i had a wage arrestement for 2 years!)

ive just found out that because of my earnings and child tax credit award that i was also entitled to a council tax credit deduction which basically means i should have not had to pay any council tax!.

I am in the process of getting a benifit form to reclaim this years back (currently being payed to our old friends Scott & co through an agreed repayment)

My question is can i backdate any claim of payments which i made when i wasnt actually due them anything?

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Yes you can.I am aware of one case in which it was backdated 13 years.However,unlike income tax over payments,they dont pay interest.

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Unfortunately, failing to claim council tax benefit is not the same (in law) as overpaying.


It's a ridiculous system but it's what we're stuck with: very few people are actually exempt from council tax and instead have to claim benefit to offset against the liability. This benefit can only be backdated in limited circumstances and usually only for a good reason.


It's outrageous that councils even go to the extent of sending bailiffs topeople who they must realise are eligible for some help, but they do.

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