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Council tax discounts and exemptions

 
Unoccupied dwellings
From 1st April 2017 there are no discounts for properties that are unoccupied and unfurnished.
 
Occupied dwellings
The full council tax bill assumes that there are at least two adults living in a dwelling. If only one adult lives in a dwelling (as their main home), the council tax bill will be reduced by a quarter (25 percent).
 
Some people will not be counted when looking at the number of adults resident in a dwelling if they meet certain conditions:
full time students, student nurses, apprentices and Youth Training trainees, non-British spouses of students
patients resident in a hospital
people who are being looked after in care homes
people who are severely mentally impaired
people staying in certain hostels and night shelters
18 and 19 year-olds who are at, or have just left, school
care workers working for low pay, usually for charities
people caring for someone with a disability who is not a spouse, partner or child under 18
members of visiting forces and certain international institutions
members of religious communities (i.e., monks and nuns)
people in prison (except those in prison for non-payment of council tax or a fine)
diplomats
Long term empty properties
If a property has been unoccupied and unfurnished for more than two years (and does not qualify for an exemption) then it will be subject to a 50% premium
 
Changes to this have been agreed by full council and come into effect from 1st April 2019. From that date, if a property is unoccupied and unfurnished for more than two years (and does not qualify for an exemption) then it will be subject to a 100% premium
                                                     
Council tax exemptions - vacant properties
Certain dwellings are exempt from council tax, including some vacant properties which:
are owned by a charity (exempt for up to six months)
are left empty by someone who has gone into prison (except those in prison for non-payment of council tax or a fine) or has moved to receive personal care in a hospital/home or elsewhere
are waiting for probate or letters of administration to be granted (and up to six months after)
are empty because their occupation is prohibited by law
are waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion
are left empty by someone living elsewhere and providing personal care to another person
are left empty by students
have been repossessed
are the responsibility of a bankrupt's trustee
are caravan pitches or boat moorings
are dwellings in the form of an annexe to another occupied dwelling
Council tax exemptions - occupied properties
Some occupied properties can also be exempt from council tax, such as:
students' halls of residence
dwellings solely occupied by students
UK armed forces accommodation
visiting forces accommodation
a dwelling occupied only by a person or persons under 18
a dwelling occupied only by a person or persons who is/are severely mentally impaired and who would otherwise be liable to pay council tax
a dwelling occupied by a diplomat
a dwelling in the form of an annexe to another occupied dwelling which is occupied by an elderly or disabled relative
Care Leavers discount
From 1st April 2017, Walsall Council has introduced a 100% discount for Walsall care leavers until they reach the age of 25.
The criteria to qualify for the discount is:
Walsall Council must have been the Corporate Parent
The care leaver must be liable for Council Tax and be resident in the Walsall area
The care leaver must be under the age of 25
 
If you think you would qualify, please contact the council tax section using any of the contact methods listed at the bottom of this screen.
 
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Contact us
Local Taxation Service
Walsall Council
PO Box 23
Walsall
WS1 1TW

Enquiry line 0300 555 2851
Payment line 0300 555 2852 (24 hours)
Fax 01922 723337
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