When your council tax reduction starts | CPAG

When your council tax reduction starts

Date: 
31 July 2019

If you will get council tax reduction within the next 13 weeks, you can apply for it in advance. The local authority can then treat your application as being made on the first day you will qualify. This rule does not apply if you live abroad.

Sometimes, your council tax reduction can start before the day you apply, if you were liable for council tax before this date.

  • If you get a passporting benefit and apply for council tax reduction within one month of applying for it, your application is treated as made on the same day your passporting benefit starts.
  • If you already get a passporting benefit on the day you are first liable for council tax, and you apply for council tax reduction within one month of becoming liable, your application is treated as made on the day you first became liable.
  • If your partner dies or you separate, and they got council tax reduction, your application is treated as made on the date of the death or separation as long as you apply within a month.
  • If you are over pension age, your entitlement can be ‘backdated’ up to three months before the date your application was treated as made. You do not need to explain why you did not apply sooner.
  • If you are under pension age, your entitlement can be ‘backdated’ up to six months before the date your application was treated as made. This only applies if you have ‘continuous good cause’ for not applying sooner.

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