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Residents are warned to be aware of scam telephone calls, which involve someone claiming to be from a company that can reduce their council tax band.
We recommend that you report any telephone calls like this to Action Fraud, for more information visit the Action Fraud website www.actionfraud.police.uk.
Council Tax band
|Property value range||2013/2014||2012/2013|
|A||Up to and including £40,000||£1,064.87||£1,046.50|
|B||£40,001 - £52,000||£1,242.34||£1,220.92|
|C||£52,001 - £68,000||£1,419.83||£1,395.34|
|D||£68,001 - £88,000||£1,597.30||£1,569.75|
|E||£88,001 - £120,000||£1,952.26||£1,918.58|
|F||£120,001 - £160,000||£2,307.21||£2,267.42|
|G||£160,001 - £320,000||£2,662.17||£2,616.25|
Please note that all council tax charges for 2013/14 were calculated on the agreed increase of 1.99%. Bills issued show 2% increase as this figure was rounded up to one decimal place in accordance with regulations. The council apologies for any confusion this may cause.
Most households have to pay Council Tax. All types of property that people live in are subject to Council Tax - even houseboats. There is one bill per household. If a house has been split into separate self-contained flats, each flat gets its own bill. However, bedsits, hostels and other properties with shared facilities normally get one bill and the owner is liable to pay it.
Each property has been put into one of 8 valuation bands, according to what it was worth on 1st April 1991. This valuation was done by the Valuation Office Agency, which is part of the Inland Revenue, not the Council. The amount of Council Tax you pay is based on the band your home is in, which can be found on your Council Tax bill. You can also check your Council Tax band by using your postcode on the Valuation Office Agency website.
The figures quoted above include charges for the Avon & Somerset Constabulary and the Avon Fire Brigade. For a more detailed breakdown of charges please see the Your Council Tax and Business Rates explained 2013-2014 booklet (pdf, 4.1 MB) (opens new window).
Appeals against your banding
You can only appeal against the banding of your property in certain circumstances.
- after the property has been demolished;
- where a house has been converted into flats;
- when there are physical changes in the locality that affect the value of the property;
- the Valuation Officer changing the band of your property;
- within 6 months of becoming the person liable to pay the Council Tax;
- the Court making a band change to a property that is similar to yours;
- a material increase or decrease in the property’s value (e.g. alterations);
- starting or stopping to use part of your property for business purposes.
To appeal in these circumstances, you should contact:
Council Tax West
Valuation Office Agency
Tel: 03000 501501