What comes down may also go up
(or... be careful what you wish for)
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.