Appealing against your band
Valuation bands are based on how much a property was worth on 1 April 1991. You might be able to challenge your Council Tax band if you think it’s wrong, but you need to continue paying your Council Tax while the challenge is happening.
If you think your Council Tax band is wrong, or would like to check your Council Tax band, you can do so via the Valuation Office Agency. This service is free of charge.
The Valuation Office Agency
Manchester Valuation Office
53 Portland Street
03000 501 501
You may appeal if you think that you are not liable to pay the Council Tax, e.g. because someone else should be liable or the property should be exempt. You may also appeal if you think your bill has been wrongly calculated. For example, if you have not been granted a discount you thought you were entitled to.
Any appeal should be made in writing to the Council Tax Appeals section, giving the reasons for your appeal. If you do not receive an answer to your appeal within two months, or you are unhappy with the Council’s response, you can appeal to the Valuation Tribunal Service 3rd Floor Crossgate House Wood Street Doncaster DN1 3LL.
You can appeal directly to the Tribunal against the imposition of a penalty without first having to contact the Council.
Appealing your Council Tax Support
If you think the amount of your Council Tax Support is wrong, you can:
For more information about how to do this, see our guide to
reviews and appeals.
Bogus Council Tax refund scams
We are aware of a number of scams operating around the country advising residents that they may be due a Council Tax refund or that their property has been incorrectly banded. Someone may telephone you, email you or appear personally at your door, claiming to be able to reduce your Council Tax bill for a fee. Examples of the tactics used by bogus agents include:
Charging an up-front fee with an added 20% of the reduction should they successfully reduce your Council Tax band
Insisting you are definitely in the wrong band and are owed back payments, when in fact your band is correct
Saying they are from the local Council or VOA and asking for your bank details so they can provide a refund. Fraudsters will then steal your money from that account
Claiming that the VOA charges you to challenge your band; this is not correct – you can do this for free
Claiming that you, by law, must be represented by an agent to challenge your band; this is incorrect – anyone can do this
Stating that they are on an approved list of agents recognised by the VOA, when in fact the VOA does not keep such a list
From time to time Council Officers will phone citizens in respect of Council Tax and / or benefits. However, if you have any doubt as to the authenticity of the call you should take the caller’s name and extension number and call the Council Tax and Benefit Service on 0345 8 504 504.
There are some occasions when Council Officers may make visits to properties.
However, these are usually confirmed by an appointment. If you are visited by a Council Officer please request photo identification and if you are at all in doubt, contact us on 0345 8 506 506 for verification.
We urge citizens to be vigilant and if you receive a phone call and you suspect the person you are talking to is not genuine, do not give out any personal details and phone us on one of the numbers above for verification.
Signs to look out for:
- If action has to be taken immediately
- You are asked to provide your bank account details
- You are asked to make a purchase to win a prize
- You need to contact a premium rate number
- You receive an unsolicited call
- The business contacting you is reluctant to give their address or contact details