What comes down may also go up

(or... be care­ful what you wish for)

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AT least one house­hold in Buckinghamshire tried to get their coun­cil tax re­duced – but in­stead had it IN­CREASED.

If you think your prop­erty is in the wrong coun­cil tax band, you can ap­ply to the Val­u­a­tion Of­fice Agency (VOA) for a re­view.

Usu­ally, this re­sults in one of two pos­si­bil­i­ties: no change, or the VOA agrees and down­grades your house, thereby re­duc­ing the coun­cil tax bill.

For ex­am­ple, if you were able to get your house down­graded from Band E to Band D in Great Mis­senden, that would save you £354.83 this year.

But there is a third pos­si­bil­ity: that the VOA can ac­tu­ally rule you are pay­ing too lit­tle and IN­CREASE your bill even more.

This hap­pened to at least one house­hold in Chiltern District Coun­cil’s last year.

Data pro­tec­tion means it’s im­pos­si­ble to tell ex­actly how many house­holds were slapped with an in­crease or who they were – ex­cept that it hap­pened to be­tween one and five house­holds in the district.

On the other hand, 100 house­holds in Buckinghamshire were cel­e­brat­ing get­ting money off their bills.

There were 590 chal­lenges and other re­sults in to­tal, which made a suc­cess rate for Buckinghamshire coun­cil tax­pay­ers of 17 per cent, slightly below the na­tional av­er­age of 21 per cent.

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