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A STUDENTS GUIDE TO COUNCIL TAX

 

WHAT IS COUNCIL TAX?

Council Tax is a form of property tax made payable to your local City Council, for local authority services such as rubbish collection and disposal, the police and fire department, education, public parks, local libraries and leisure services.

The price of your Council Tax is determined by the value and location of the property in which you live, assessed by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA).

 

DO I HAVE TO PAY COUNCIL TAX?

Students who study on a full-time basis may be exempt from Council tax. Often those who are aged 18 or over and are at University studying a course longer than 24 weeks a year which involves over 21 hours a week study time, may be eligible for the exemption.

It is always recommended that you contact your local Council to discuss this with them. They will be able to inform you on how to apply for the exemption should you meet the criteria. You can get in touch with them by the following means below;

Canterbury City Council

Tel: 01227 862 300

Email: council.tax@canterbury.gov.uk

Website: https://www.canterbury.gov.uk/council-tax/discounts-and-exemptions/students/

 

Thanet District Council

Tel: 01843 577558

Email: council.tax@thanet.gov.uk

Website: https://www.thanet.gov.uk/your-services/council-tax/discounts-and-exemptions/students/

 

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR THE COUNCIL TAX EXEMPTION?

If you meet the criteria, you will need to apply for Council Tax Exemption through your local council.

When your tenancy starts, you will be required to contact your local council to inform them of new occupants. Moreover, you can receive a Council Tax exemption certificate issued by your University (you will need to obtain this directly through the institution, and each university has its own procedures for this service).

For Canterbury, the online application form can be found here:

https://forms.canterbury.gov.uk/Council-Tax-students 

For Thanet, the online application form can be found here:

https://forms.thanet.gov.uk/Council-Tax-students

Before filling out an exemption form, you will need to provide:

  • Your details
  • Council Tax reference (if known)
  • The names of adults within the property
  • Student details for all students within the property, including name, educational institution, proof of student status (such as Student ID number or copy of university issued student certificate), and tenancy start date (if applicable)
  • The property owner’s name and address

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