How your council tax is calculated
The full council tax bill assumes that there are two adults (over the age of 18) living in a property. The bill does not increase if more than two adults live at the same address.
View your account online
You can see how your council tax bill has been calculated and your outstanding balance. You can also:
» check the payments you have made and when any future payments are due
» set up or amend a direct debit
» view or print your current and previous bills
The website is available 24 hours a day and it is updated regularly, so you can see up to date information and check the progress of changes you have told us about. You will need to register but you will only need to do this once.
Change the way you pay your instalments
Annual council tax bills in Bolton are usually paid by 10 monthly instalments from April to January. However, you can ask for your instalments to be spread over 12 months from April to March.
You can also:
» choose to pay weekly, fortnightly or monthly
» pay by direct debit, standing order, cash, cheque, debit or credit card
If you wish to change how you pay your council tax, complete the online form.
Click on the types of discounts below for further information...
Single person discount
Apply online for a single person discount
The single person discount is 25% off your total council tax bill. You can claim single person discount if:
» you are the only adult aged 18 years or over resident in the property, or
» the other adults living in the property are not counted for council tax purposes
If someone else in your household is working away from home or taking extended holidays, this is not usually enough to qualify you for a single person discount.
If your circumstances change
You must tell us, within 21 days, about any change in your circumstances which may affect your entitlement to single person discount. If you don't, you could be charged a penalty of £70.
Examples of changes that may effect your discount:
» You have stopped being the only adult living the property
» Someone in the property is no longer considered as a person who is not counted for council tax purposes
Discounts for adults who are not counted in calculating council tax
Reduction for disabled people
To be eligible for this reduction your home needs to have special facilities which are used by the disabled person who lives in the property:
Your home must have at least one of the following:
» a room which is mainly used by the disabled person
» an additional bathroom or kitchen used by the disabled person
» space inside the home to allow for the use of a wheelchair, if a wheelchair is used by the disabled person
The reduction is the equivalent of your band being reduced to the band below or by a sixth if your property is in Band A.
Family annexe discount
You may be able to claim a 50% discount on your council tax for an annexe which is being used by you (the occupier of the main building), or a member of your family, who is not dependant on you.
The discount can be given whether the property is furnished or unfurnished.
You can't claim this discount if your annexe is occupied by someone who is not a member of your family.
If you think you may be entitled to this discount, contact our council tax section.
Annexes being used by a dependant relative
If a dependant relative lives in an annexe which forms part of your main home, the annexe is exempt from council tax.
A 'dependant relative' is someone who is either:
» aged 65+
» severely mentally impaired
» substantially and permanently disabled
If the annexe is now occupied by a dependant relative and you would like to apply for the exemption, complete the change of address form.
Unoccupied annexes due to planning restrictions
If an annexe becomes unoccupied and cannot be let separately due to planning restrictions, it is exempt from council tax.
If the annexe is now unoccupied and you would like to apply for the exemption, complete the change of address form.
Unoccupied and unfurnished properties
There is no discount on properties that are unoccupied and substantially unfurnished. This means that a full 100% charge will be payable.
When properties have been unoccupied and substantially unfurnished for 2 years then a 50% premium will be payable on top of the full charge. This means that a 150% charge will be payable.
However, the 50% premium should not be charged on any property that:
» would be the sole or main residence of service personnel who are posted away from home; or
» is an annex to a property that is being used as part of the main residence of the main dwelling.
If your property falls into either of these categories, please contact us so that we can cancel any premium that you have been charged.
You can also find more information and advice on how to bring your empty property back into use on the empty residential properties page.
There is no definition of 'substantially unfurnished’ within council tax legislation therefore each council has its own criteria regarding what is acceptable. We have taken it to mean sufficient furniture has been removed to leave the property incapable of occupation. As a minimum we would expect the following to be removed:
» personal effects
We do not class curtains, carpets, fitted white goods (fridges, freezers, and washing machines) or fitted wardrobes as furniture
Properties undergoing or requiring major repairs or alterations
Unoccupied properties which are exempt
Properties that are empty for certain reasons can be exempt from Council Tax, these properties are:
» Owned by a charity are exempt for up to six months from vacation providing that when they were last occupied they were being used for the purpose of the charity.
» Left empty by someone who is a permanent resident in a hospital, residential or nursing home or in prison/detention
» Left empty by someone who has left to receive care from another person
» Left empty by someone providing care for another person
» Left empty and last occupied by a full-time student who is the owner or leaseholder
» Left empty because someone has died. The exemption will be applied where probate has yet to be made and for up to six months after probate has been granted. If the deceased person is the owner of the property, the exemption will not be applied unless they where the sole owner.
» Left empty because they have been repossessed or are the responsibility of a trustee in bankruptcy
» Left empty because occupation is not allowed by law
» Waiting to be occupied by a minister of religion
If the property is now unoccupied and you would like to apply for an exemption, complete the change of address form.
Discretionary reductions to council tax
Extra help with your council tax may be available if:
» You are affected by the changes made to council tax discounts and
exemptions for unoccupied properties introduced from April 2013 onwards, or
» Your council tax support does not meet your full council tax liability
The scheme is purely discretionary; there is no statutory right to a reduction in council tax. However, if you disagree with our decision, you (or someone else representing you) may request a review. This should be submitted in writing within one calendar month of the original decision. A different officer will look at the original decision and the additional evidence supplied.
Discretionary help with empty property charges
This only applies if you have been affected by the changes made to council tax discounts and exemptions from April 2013 onwards. You must also show you need additional financial help.
Discretionary help with council tax for the property you live in
If you need extra help to pay your council tax, you can make a claim for a discretionary council tax reduction. You must show you need additional financial help.
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