Council Tax discounts and exemptions

Council Tax assumes two adults (aged 18 and over) are living in your property but in some circumstances you may be entitled to a reduction.

What are discounts?

The Council Tax assumes that two adults live in your home. If only one adult lives in a property a discount of 25% will be given.

In some cases, even if there are two or more people aged 18 or over living in a property, a discount of up to 50% may still be given. This is because certain people are not counted when deciding how many adults live in the property. If two adults live in a property and one is not counted a 25% discount will be given. If all the adults are not counted a discount of 50% will be given. When someone is not counted this means that they are 'disregarded' for Council Tax discount purposes.

To help you identify which discounts may apply to you, we have put them in the following categories:

What are exemptions?

In certain circumstances, a taxpayer or property may be exempt from Council Tax. This will mean that there is no Council Tax to pay.

To help you identify which exemptions may apply to you, we have put them in the following categories:

Types of Discount

Single occupier discount

If you are the only adult, over the age of 18  living in the property, you may be entitled to a 25% reduction off your Council Tax.

 Single occupier discount

If you are the only adult, over the age of 18  living in the property, you may be entitled to a 25% reduction off your Council Tax.

This reduction depends on who uses your property as their main home, even if they don’t spend all of their time there. You might not qualify, or your reduction may be cancelled if:

  • Your spouse or partner works away from home - this could be elsewhere in this country or abroad for longer lengths of time. This also includes members of the Armed Forces.
  • If you let someone else stay at your address on a temporary basis, who does not have a main home elsewhere.
  • Someone else is claiming benefits from your address.
  • You let someone else use your address to receive mail or keep possessions.
  • Someone else is jointly responsible with you to pay the mortgage or rent.
  • There is evidence which suggests that someone else is using your address for credit purposes.
  • Single parents with children over the age of 18 still living at home.
  • You have a son or daughter over the age of 18 who does not spend all of their time at home but who still uses your address for doctors, dentists, banking etc and may return home on a regular basis.
  • Someone else is registered to vote at your address.

 Students and people in education

If you or any other members of your household are one of the following, you may be entitled to a reduction off your Council Tax.

Full time students

 A person will be disregarded as a student if they are studying on a full time course of education at a university or college which:  

  • Lasts for at least one academic or calendar year  
  • Requires the student to undertake the course for at least 24 weeks per year.
  • Involves an average of at least 21 hours per week, study, tuition or work experience.

Evening classes, correspondence courses and job related training taken as a consequence of employment are not included. Except courses for the initial training of teachers, a course will not be treated as full time if the aggregate of work experience exceeds the period of study or tuition, for the course as a whole.

A 100% exemption could apply

If all the occupants of a property fall into any of the student and people in education categories (excluding apprentices and youth training trainees) then Council Tax will not be charged during any period where student status applies. If these conditions are met within your household the bill will be reduced to zero. Council Tax will become payable again at any time that any student ceases to be a student or a non-student moves into the property. Exemptions can be assessed from the information provided on the full time student discount application form.

If you think this may apply, please use the 'apply online for a full time student discount' button below.  

Person under 20 and still at school or who has just left school

A person is disregarded for Council Tax if they are:

  • under 20, and

on a Full time course which:

  • Lasts for at least 3 calendar months and is further rather than higher education, and
  • Requires an average of 12 hours per week study or tuition.

If a person under 20 years leaves school or finishes a course of further education after 30th April in any year, the person will continue to be disregarded until 1st November of that year. (evening classes, correspondence courses and job related training do not count). 

A 100% exemption could apply

If all the occupants of a property fall into any of the student and people in education categories (excluding apprentices and youth training trainees) then Council Tax will not be charged during any period where student status applies. If these conditions are met within your household the bill will be reduced to zero. Council Tax will become payable again at any time that any student ceases to be a student or a non-student moves into the property. Exemptions can be assessed from the information provided on the full time student discount application form.

If you think this may apply, please use the 'apply online for a full time student discount' button below. 

A Person who still has child benefit paid for them

A person is disregarded for Council Tax if:
  • Someone is still in receipt of child benefit for them, and

on a Full time course which:

  • Lasts for at least 3 calendar months and is further rather than higher education, and
  • Requires an average of 12 hours per week study or tuition

If a person under 20 years leaves school or finishes a course of further education after 30th April in any year, the person will continue to be disregarded until 1st November of that year. (evening classes, correspondence courses and job related training do not count). 

A 100% exemption could apply

If all the occupants of a property fall into any of the student and people in education categories (excluding apprentices and youth training trainees) then Council Tax will not be charged during any period where student status applies. If these conditions are met within your household the bill will be reduced to zero. Council Tax will become payable again at any time that any student ceases to be a student or a non-student moves into the property. Exemptions can be assessed from the information provided on the full time student discount application form.

If you think this may apply, please use the 'apply online for a full time student discount' button below. 

 

A person who is a foreign language assistant

A person will be disregarded as a Foreign Language Assistant if:
  • they are appointed as such at a a school or other educational establishment anywhere in Great Britain, and
  • are registered with the British Council.

A 100% exemption could apply

If all the occupants of a property fall into any of the student and people in education categories (excluding apprentices and youth training trainees) then Council Tax will not be charged during any period where student status applies. If these conditions are met within your household the bill will be reduced to zero. Council Tax will become payable again at any time that any student ceases to be a student or a non-student moves into the property. Exemptions can be assessed from the information provided on the full time student discount application form.

If you think this may apply, please use the 'apply online for a full time student discount' button below. 

  

A non-British husband, wife, civil partner or dependant of a student

Any non-British Citizen who is the spouse, dependant or civil partner of a full time student will also be disregarded for discount purposes provided they cannot work or claim benefits whilst in the UK.

A 100% exemption could apply

If all the occupants of a property fall into any of the student and people in education categories (excluding apprentices and youth training trainees) then Council Tax will not be charged during any period where student status applies. If these conditions are met within your household the bill will be reduced to zero. Council Tax will become payable again at any time that any student ceases to be a student or a non-student moves into the property. Exemptions can be assessed from the information provided on the full time student discount application form.

If you think this may apply, please use the 'apply online for a full time student discount' button below. 

A student whose main home is in the UK, but are studying abroad in the EU

Students who have their main home in England but are studying with a recognised institution in another European member state will also be disregarded for Council Tax, provided they also meet the criteria of a full time student.

A 100% exemption could apply

If all the occupants of a property fall into any of the student and people in education categories (excluding apprentices and youth training trainees) then Council Tax will not be charged during any period where student status applies. If these conditions are met within your household the bill will be reduced to zero. Council Tax will become payable again at any time that any student ceases to be a student or a non-student moves into the property. Exemptions can be assessed from the information provided on the full time student discount application form.

If you think this may apply, please use the 'apply online for a full time student discount' button below.   

If any of the above circumstances apply, please apply online using this form.

Apprentices

A person will be disregarded for Council Tax as an Apprentice if:

  • they are employed as an apprentice, and
  • as part of learning the job, they have to undertake training leading to a qualification recognised by The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, and
  • they are employed at a salary or in receipt of an allowance or both, which total no more than £195 per week. The limit on earnings excludes overtime and bonuses and is before tax and similar deductions.

Youth training trainees

A person will be disregarded for Council Tax discount purposes if they are:

  • under 25 years of age, and
  • undertaking training pursuant to arrangements made under Section 2 of the Employment and Training Act 1973 and which is funded by the Learning and Skills Council for England

Please note: people on Employment Training are not classed as being Youth Training Trainees. Please refer to the application form for Apprentices.

Disability or medically related

 If you, or any other members of your household are one of the following, you may be entitled to a reduction off your Council Tax.

A person who is severely mentally impaired

A person will be disregarded for Council Tax purposes as a person with a Severe Mental Impairment if:

  • they have an impairment of intelligence, understanding, social functioning or interaction, which appears to be permanent, and
  • this can be verified by the person’s doctor, who must sign and complete a Doctor’s Certificate in support of their application, and
  • is in receipt of one of the following qualifying benefits listed below.
    • or would be entitled to one of the above benefits but for reaching pensionable age.
    • or has a partner in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance which has been increased on the grounds of their incapacity for work.

List of qualifying benefits

  • Attendance Allowance,
  • The care component of a Disability Living Allowance (middle or higher rate),
  • Incapacity Benefit,
  • Severe Disablement Allowance,
  • An increase in the rate of Disablement Pension (where constant attendance is needed),
  • Disability Working Allowance,
  • Unemployability Supplement,
  • Constant Attendance Allowance,
  • Unemployability Allowance,
  • Employment Support Allowance (certain groups),
  • Income Support where the applicable amount includes a disability premium.
  • Either rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment (PIP).

A 100% exemption will apply...

If all the occupiers of a property are suffering from some form of impairment and meet the qualifying criteria above. This will also apply if any occupant of the household is also a full time student. If this applies to you the bill will be reduced to zero. Such people must have been liable to pay Council Tax if their condition did not exist. This means that places like Residential Care Homes cannot fall into this category. In these examples eligibility will be assessed from the information provided on the relevant on line forms for mentally impaired and full time student discounts.

Before applying don’t forget…

As part of your application you will be required to supply a completed Doctor's certificate . Before submitting an online form, we recommend printing this, and taking to be completed by your GP. You will then be able to attach a photo or scanned image of the completed certificate with your online application.

Application Form Severe Mental Impairment - Doctors Certificate
Download (94KB)

Carers

 A person will be disregarded as a carer if they meet the following qualifying criteria.

A Carer is a person who lives with and cares for an elderly or disabled person.

To qualify:

1) The carer must care for a person who is in receipt of one or more of the following:

  • Attendance Allowance.
  • the higher or middle rate of a care component of a Disability Living Allowance.
  • the highest rate of Disablement Pension.
  • an increase in a Constant Attendance Allowance.
  • either rate of the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment.

The carer must:

2) provide care for at least 35 hours per week on average, and

3) live in the same property as the person they care for, and

4) not be a relative of the person they care for.

PLEASE NOTE: a person is considered to be a relative of the person being cared for if:

  • they are the spouse of the person being cared for. This includes unmarried couples living together in a civil partnership, or
  • they are the parent of the person being cared for and he/she is under the age of 18.

Application Form Carers

Download (464KB)

A 100% exemption may apply to the person receiving care...

If someone is living with you because they need to be cared for, the person receiving care may also qualify for an exemption if:

  • They have left a property that they own or rent unoccupied. The address that they own or rent must have been their main home prior to moving.
  • The care provided is needed because of old age, disablement, illness, past or present alcohol or drug dependence or a past or present impairment of intelligence or social functions.

A 100% exemption may apply to the person providing care...

If you have moved in with another person in order to provide care for them, you may also qualify for an exemption if:

  • You have left a property unoccupied which you own or rent. Your own property must have been your main home prior to moving, and
  • The care provided is needed because of old age, disablement, illness, past or present alcohol or drug dependence or a past or present impairment of intelligence or social functions.

In both of the above examples eligibility will be assessed from the information provided on this online form. Both of these conditions will end when care is no longer required,the property is re-occupied, or ownership/lease comes to an end.

You may not have to pay Council Tax if you are providing care for someone but live somewhere else in order that you can provide such care. For further information please contact us.

Care Workers

A person will be disregarded as a care worker if they meet the following qualifying criteria.

A Care Worker is a person who is employed to care for an elderly or disabled person.

To qualify as a Care worker:

1) The carer must work for

  • a council, or
  • a charity, or
  • the person being cared for. (They must have been introduced to this person by a charity.)

The carer must also:

2) live in premises provided by their employer in order to provide better care, and

3) work for at least 24 hours a week, and

4) not be paid more than £44 a week (gross).

Application Form Carers
Download (464KB)

A 100% exemption may apply to the person receiving care...

If someone is living with you because they need to be cared for, the person receiving care may also qualify for an exemption if:

  • They have left a property that they own or rent unoccupied. The address that they own or rent must have been their main home prior to moving.
  • The care provided is needed because of old age, disablement, illness, past or present alcohol or drug dependence or a past or present impairment of intelligence or social functions.

A 100% exemption may apply to the person providing care...

If you have moved in with another person in order to provide care for them, you may also qualify for an exemption if:

  • You have left a property unoccupied which you own or rent. Your own property must have been your main home prior to moving, and
  • The care provided is needed because of old age, disablement, illness, past or present alcohol or drug dependence or a past or present impairment of intelligence or social functions.

In both of the above examples eligibility will be assessed from the information provided on this online form. Both of these conditions will end when care is no longer required,the property is re-occupied, or ownership/lease comes to an end.

You may not have to pay Council Tax if you are providing care for someone but live somewhere else in order that you can provide such care. For further information please contact us.

Disabled Relief

A reduction in Council Tax can be allowed for a property which is the home of a disabled person. There is no age limit and the disabled person does not need to be the taxpayer, but they must suffer from a 'permanent and substantial' disability. One of the following conditions must also apply:

  • there is a room, other than a bathroom or kitchen, used mainly to meet the needs of the disabled person
  • there is a second bathroom or kitchen which is required to meet the needs of the disabled person
  • the disabled person needs to use a wheelchair in the property, and there is enough floor space to allow this

If we give you a reduction, we will charge Council Tax at one band lower than your actual valuation band. If you are already in band A, you will get a reduction equal to 1/9th of the band D charge for your area.

If you get a reduction and your property is in band B or above, you will be charged Council Tax at one band lower. For example, if your property is in band C and you get a reduction, we will charge you the band B rate for your area. If your property is already in band A and you are given a reduction, you will get a reduction which is the equivalent to one ninth of the band D charge for your area. (We can only give the equivalent band A reduction from 1 April 2000).

Further Information about Disabled Relief applications

What is 'essential' or of 'major importance'?

It is difficult for Council Tax staff to determine if the room is essential or of major importance so if you can provide any supporting information from the disabled persons doctor, social worker or therapist that explains how the use of the room is essential and related to the disability, then this may speed up your application.

Generally a room will be classed as essential if:

  • The disabled person would find it impossible or extremely difficult to live in the property if it were not available.
  • The use of the room is as a direct consequence of the disability and has been taken out of normal household use
A room may not be classed as essential if:
  • Equipment within a room has a higher importance than the room itself.
  • The equipment could be used in other parts of the property if necessary, in spite of it currently being used in a separate room.It is being used as an office in the same way that an able bodied person might use an office in their own home.
  • Other residents of the property use the same room for which it was originally intended, for example where the disabled person has a bed in the dining room for use at night because they have difficulty getting upstairs.

What is an additional bathroom?

It must be extra to the main family bathroom and it must have bathing facilities not simply hand washing facilities. This means that a downstairs toilet with a wash basin would not be classed as an additional bathroom. A shower or bath would be considered bathing facilities. 

Examples of where reduction has been granted

  • Where the disabled person must spend all of their time downstairs and an existing room has been converted, or a new room has been built, which would be used to provide treatment during the day as well as sleeping and washing facilities. It would be usual in such cases for the disabled person to spend most or all of their time in that room and would need considerable assistance from others to move.
  • Where a former room is now used as a soft play room, therapy room, for a child with severe learning disabilities and who has to have time away from others in a quiet environment for learning.
  • Where the disabled person requires a clinical setting to carry out home dialysis treatment and a separate room must be set aside to do this. The alternative would be that the person would have to attend hospital,   rather than carry out dialysis in an existing room such as a bedroom.
  • Where the nature of the persons disability means that an extensive amount of medical supplies are needed at home and the volumes of which are significant enough to warrant a separate storage facility.

Examples of where reduction has been refused

  • A bed being used in an existing room downstairs, for example, within the main living room or dining room.
  • Where a room is used for leisure activities such as listening to music but is also the disabled person’s bedroom.
  • Where a disabled person uses exercise or breathing equipment such as an oxygen tank within an existing room such as the living room.
  • Where a property is fitted with a hearing loop and that is the only adaptation.
  • Where communication equipment such as a computer, audio or a Braille machine is being used in a spare room but could be located elsewhere within the property.

People in Detention

 If you, or any other members of your household are in detention, you may be entitled to a reduction off your Council Tax.

People in detention

A person will be disregarded from Council Tax as a person in detention if they are:

  • detained in prison or hospital, or held on remand by an order of court, and
  • the property remains their main home.

This disregard does not apply to persons released on parole, or persons in prison for not paying their Council Tax or fines.

A 100% exemption will apply...

If a property is unoccupied because all the occupants are being detained no Council Tax will be charged from the date of detention until the release date. An exemption will only apply if the property is still considered to be their home and they would be liable for Council Tax if not for their present circumstances. This means that if the property is sold or rented to someone else, or is occupied by another person, the exemption would end.

You may also be entitled to this discount if you are a person who lives in a hostel for the homeless or a night shelter. Please contact us if you think this applies to you.

Religious persons

A Member of a religious community

A person will be disregarded as a member of a religious community if:

  • they depend on the community for their material needs and have no income or capital of their own (any income by way of a pension from a former employer is not counted as income for this purpose), and
  • the person’s main work is prayer, contemplation, the relief of suffering or a combination of these.

Military discounts

A member (or dependant) of international headquarters and defence organisations

If you think this applies to you, please contact us.

Unoccupied property discounts

As of the 1st April 2013, changes were made to Council Tax legislation, which removed exemptions for unoccupied/ unfurnished and uninhabitable properties. 

These changes also gave local councils the discretion to be able to charge up to a full Council Tax of 100% for the above property groups, as well as for unoccupied but furnished properties also known as second homes.  At a meeting of the full Council on the 17th January 2013, decisions were made which meant no discounts would be given in the above circumstances.

A summary of all changes applying in Doncaster can be seen in the table below.  

Circumstance

Details

Empty properties

No discount is allowed for these property types and full Council Tax is charged from day one.

Properties that have been empty for over 2 years - Empty properties premium

If your property has been empty and unoccupied for two years, a 50 % premium will be added to the usual Council Tax charge. This means the level of charge will be 150 % after two years have passed. Please note that the 2 year period starts when the property first becomes empty and unoccupied, and does not start again with a change of ownership.

Properties that are uninhabitable

No discount is allowed for these property types and full Council Tax is charged from day one.

Second homes 

No discount is allowed for these property types and full Council Tax is charged from day one. There a some exceptions where a 50% discount will still apply, including caravans and certain job related accommodation. If you think this may apply to you, please contact us.

 

Types of exemption

Sometimes your property may be exempt from Council Tax. To help you identify them we have grouped them into 3 categories: Occupied, Unoccupied and Annexes.

Occupied property exemptions

Full time students

This exemption applies when a property is occupied only by persons who are:

  1. Full time students, or
  2. under 20 and still at school or who have just left school, or
  3. a non-British husband, wife, civil partner or dependant of a student

For further information about the qualifying criteria, please see Full Time students section of Discounts.

People who are severely mentally impaired

This exemption applies when a property is occupied only by persons suffering from a severe mental impairment and would be liable to pay Council tax at that address.

For further information about the full qualifying criteria, please see Severely Mentally Impaired section of Discounts.

Application Form Severe Mental Impairment - Doctors Certificate
Download (94KB)

People under the age of 18

This exemption applies to dwellings occupied only by persons under the age of 18 years. In such circumstances the owner would be liable, but would not have any Council Tax to pay.

Serving armed forces personnel living in a property owned by the Ministry of Defence

This exemption applies to domestic properties owned by the Secretary of State, which are kept to provide living accommodation for UK armed forces. This applies whether the property is occupied or not.

If you think this exemption may apply, please contact us.

Visiting forces accommodation

This applies to both members of the visiting armed forces and their dependents. A person is disregarded for Council Tax if they have a relevant association with a visiting armed force. A person with a relevant association is one who is:

  1. a member of that force, or a civilian component of that force,
  2. a dependent of a member, provided that the dependent is not a British citizen, or is not normally resident in the UK.

If any of the persons liable to pay Council Tax qualifies as one of the above, the property will be exempt from Council Tax.

If you think this exemption may apply, please contact us.

Foreign diplomats and certain members of their household

A reduction may apply to properties that are the main residence of persons with diplomatic privileges and immunities.

If you think this exemption may apply, please contact us.

 Unoccupied property exemptions

Exemptions are available for empty properties, and those which are not occupied, including:

Left unoccupied by someone who has gone to live in a residential care home

This exemption applies when an owner or tenant has left their property unoccupied, as they have moved to live permanently at a residential care home. The exemption will end if the property is occupied by another person but will apply again when that person leaves, as long as the owner or tenant is still resident in the care home and it has remained their main place of residence since leaving. Joint ownership or tenancy does not affect the exemption in this case.   

Left unoccupied by a student

An exemption may apply if a property is left unoccupied by a student. The student must be the owner or tenant of the property. The exemption will end when they liable person ceases to be a student or, if the property becomes occupied by another person.

For the full qualifying criteria of a student, please see the Full Time Students section of Discounts.

Left unoccupied as someone is in prison 

This exemption applies when a property is left unoccupied because the owner or tenant is detained in prison, hospital or another place of detention.  

For full details of the qualifying criteria, please see the ‘Persons in Detention’ section of Discounts.

Left unoccupied for a minister of religion

An exemption may apply when a property is left unoccupied, and is being kept for a Minister of religion.

An unoccupied property owned by a charity

This exemption may apply to a property owned by a charity, which is now unoccupied, but was last occupied in furtherance of the charities aims and objectives.

A charity is a body which is established for charitable purposes only. The body does not have to be a registered charity, but has to prove that it meets these conditions.

The exemption is awarded for a maximum of six months whilst unoccupied and ends on the expiration of six months or when the property is reoccupied, whichever is the earlier.

The property can be unfurnished or furnished during the exemption period.

In order to qualify Charities will need to provide supporting documentation as part of their application, such as a copy of their Governing Document.

Student Halls of Residence

If the property is a student Halls of Residence and you want to apply for this exemption, please contact us.

An unoccupied property, because someone has moved out to receive or provide personal care

An exemption applies when the owner or tenant has left their property unoccupied because they have gone to live with someone else, or at some other institution (which is not a hospital or care home) in order to receive care. This must be due to old age, disablement, illness, past or present alcohol dependence, or a past or present mental disorder.

An exemption also applies when the owner or tenant has left their property unoccupied because they have gone to live with someone else in order to provide care.

Depending on the circumstances at the property where care is being received/provided, a discount may also apply. If you think this might apply, a carer’s discount application should be completed. For full details of the qualifying criteria of a carer please see the Carers section of Discounts.

Application Form Carers
Download (464KB)
If you have already moved, or think you should have an exemption for the above reasons, please contact us.

Left empty because the law prevents anyone from living there

An exemption applies when occupation of a property is prohibited by law.

A Pitch or mooring is not occupied by a caravan or a boat

This exemption applies when a caravan pitch or boat mooring is not occupied by caravan or boat.

If you have moved from your caravan pitch or boat mooring, please tell us.

The property is in possession of a trustee in bankruptcy

This exemption applies when a taxpayer has been declared bankrupt, and their property is in the possession of the trustee in Bankruptcy. If you own an unoccupied property, and have been declared bankrupt and think this may apply, please contact us.

Alternatively please supply evidence of your bankruptcy and any other relevant information.

Please remember to put your Council Tax account number on any documents you supply.

The property has been repossessed by a mortgage provider

This exemption applies when a property has been formally repossessed by the mortgage provider. If you have had a property repossessed, please contact us. Alternatively, please supply a copy of your Repossession Order and any other relevant information.

Please remember to put your Council Tax account number on any documents you supply.

Left empty because the taxpayer has died and grant of probate or letters of administration have not been granted

This exemption applies when the person who was solely liable to pay Council Tax has died. In order to qualify, the deceased must have been the owner, or leaseholder of the property. The property must also have been unoccupied at the time, or become unoccupied as a result of the taxpayers death.

The exemption continues from the date of death until probate or the letters of administration are granted. Once probate or the letters of administration are granted, the exemption continues for a further six months. After which a 100% empty property charge will apply.

The exemption will end sooner if:

  • the property becomes occupied
  • the property is sold or transferred
  • the property is re-let, or the estate of the deceased is no longer liable to pay rent.

If the property is jointly owned, or occupied by other persons, no exemption will apply. Instead, those persons will become liable for Council Tax.

To report a death of a taxpayer, please contact us.

Annexes

In certain circumstances, a discount or exemption may apply to some annexe properties.

An annexe lived in by a dependent relative

An exemption may apply if an annexe is used as the main residence of a ‘dependent relative’ of a person who is resident in the main dwelling.

For the purposes of this exemption, a ‘dependent’ relative is:

Unoccupied annexes which cannot be let separately from the main dwelling

This exemption applies to annexes, often referred to as ‘granny annexes’, that are:

  • unoccupied, and
  • cannot be let separately from the main dwelling without breaching planning controls under s.171A of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

An annexe is occupied by, and used as part of the main dwelling

An exemption does not apply in this circumstance, but a reduction of 50% may apply if the annexe is occupied and being used by residents of the main dwelling or is being used as the main home of a relative of the main taxpayer.

 If any of the above circumstances apply, please apply online using the form below.

If you are experiencing financial hardship

If you are experiencing financial hardship, you can ask The Council to consider your circumstances in more detail. In some cases we may be able to reduce what you are asked to pay.

Applying for a reduction because of financial hardship - under Section 13a discretionary discounts

If you wish to request a discretionary reduction on the grounds of financial hardship, please apply in writing providing details of your income and expenditure.

Discounts can only be awarded if hardship is proven, and to grant a discount would be in the interests of other Council Tax payers. If you would like to discuss your circumstances, please contact us.

What if I disagree with a decision refusing me a discount or exemption?

You can appeal to The Council Tax Office in the first instance. A senior member of staff who was not involved in the original decision will deal with your appeal and will reply within two months.

If you are still unhappy with the outcome, you can appeal to an Independent Valuation Tribunal, where an independent panel will review your case.

If after the Valuation Tribunal you still remain unhappy, a final right of appeal exists to the High Court.

It should be noted that each case is considered on its own merits and whilst tribunal decisions are not binding on other tribunals, cases which set a precedent via the High Court are.

Contact us

  • post : Council Tax Section, Revenues, 2nd Floor, Civic Office, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
  • email: localtaxation@doncaster.gov.uk
  • telephone: 01302 734454

 

 

Last updated: 19 December 2016 14:08:30