Council Tax Refund 2022

30 Jan 2023

Has Your Council Tax Refund Been Delayed? Here's What You Need to Know


The council tax refund you thought you would get has not yet appeared? If so, you are not alone. Councils have been forced to postpone their council tax refunds for the years 2021 and 2022 because of the Coronavirus pandemic. In this blog post, you'll learn why your refund might have been postponed, as well as how to expedite it.


When can I expect my refund?

Refunds for council taxes vary depending on what kind of tax and the council in question, but in general they are due at some point during the summer of 2022.
For example, it might take you longer to receive your refund if you file an appeal against the company's decision or if it's difficult for your council to process the paperwork you need to file.

In order to get a refund, all installments will have to be paid before your loan is completely satisfied. If you are uncertain about the expected amount of your refund, contact your local government agency.


How much will I get back?

The amount of your council tax refund depends on the type of property you live in and the local council you pay to. Generally speaking, single occupancy dwellings receive a 25% discount off their total bill, while multiple occupancy dwellings (such as HMOs) can qualify for a 50% discount. Some councils may offer additional discounts if you are on a low income or if you qualify for certain types of benefits.

It's important to remember that refunds are not automatically given – you have to apply for them. Different councils have different policies, so it's worth checking with your local authority to find out what you need to do to apply for a refund. Depending on the council, you may have to provide evidence of your residency or proof of any applicable benefits.

If you think you may be eligible for a refund, it's important to act quickly – some councils only allow you to claim a refund within a certain time frame after the end of the financial year. However, most councils are happy to process claims outside of this period – it's always worth contacting them and asking.


I'm still waiting for my refund from last year. What can I do?

Refunds for last year's council taxes are still available to request as of right now if you didn't already get one.

Begin by contacting your local council for more information. Their websites usually include contact information.

Alternatively, if you are unhappy with the response to your refund request or with the time it is taking, you can make a formal complaint with the Consumer Rights Department.
Your case can be investigated further if you're still not satisfied with the response by the Local Government Ombudsman.

It's crucial to note any and all emails, letters, and phone conversations you may have related to council tax. Maintain all correspondence related to your refund, as it could help ensure your refund process is smooth and speedy.


I think I'm entitled to a refund but I'm not sure. Who can I talk to?

If you believe you may be entitled to a council tax refund but aren’t sure, your best bet is to contact your local council. Local councils are responsible for collecting and processing council tax payments, and as such they are the best point of contact for any questions or queries relating to refunds.

When contacting your local council, they should be able to provide you with further information on the eligibility criteria for a council tax refund, and whether or not you are eligible. They can also advise you on the best way to apply for a refund and provide any necessary documents or forms.

It’s important to note that the criteria and process for claiming a council tax refund can vary depending on where you live, so it’s best to contact your local council directly for the most up-to-date and relevant information.


I'm on a low income/ I'm unemployed. Do I still have to pay council tax?

Individuals with low incomes or unemployed may be eligible for council tax reductions.

It is possible to qualify for a discount from your local authority if you live with just one or two adults or have a low income, a disability, or any other financial hardship.
A payment plan can be arranged by your local authority if you have difficulty paying the council tax; charities, such as Citizens Advice, provide additional support and guidance.



Ensure you have the refund on your mind. This can be either very beneficial to your finances depending on what kind of taxes you've been paying and whether you're able to claim any exemptions or deductions. Consulting an accountant or tax advisor could help you figure out if you qualified for a tax refund last year. Low-income households and people without work may still have taxes to pay.

In order to receive a hassle-free refund on your council tax, you need to understand council tax refunds.