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    I am a full - time PhD student at the university (eligible for exemption from the council tax). I have recently received a bill for the council tax; I knew that I am exempt but I never thought that I have to contact the council without their prior notification.

    The bill is due on 6th March. Can I still send them my Student Certificate until that time to confirm my exemption so that I won't have to pay the bill?Thanks in advance!
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    (Original post by bsharchilev)
    I am a full - time PhD student at the university (eligible for exemption from the council tax). I have recently received a bill for the council tax; I knew that I am exempt but I never thought that I have to contact the council without their prior notification.

    The bill is due on 6th March. Can I still send them my Student Certificate until that time to confirm my exemption so that I won't have to pay the bill?Thanks in advance!
    You do have to be proactive. Council's aren't automatically informed about which properties are solely occupied by students.

    If you take the exenption certificate into their office, it will be processed in a few days. However, you're cutting it fine at this late stage if you want to avoid paying on the 6th March. The good news is that your exemption will be backdated to the start date on your exemption certificate. Any Council Tax you pay after that date will be refunded.
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    Thank you for the reply!

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    However, you're cutting it fine at this late stage if you want to avoid paying on the 6th March. The good news is that your exemption will be backdated to the start date on your exemption certificate. Any Council Tax you pay after that date will be refunded.
    Do you mean that even if they won't be able to process my certificate until the 6th March and I would have to pay the bill, they will refund the payment after they're done?
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    Thank you for the reply!



    Do you mean that even if they won't be able to process my certificate until the 6th March and I would have to pay the bill, they will refund the payment after they're done?
    I wouldn't part with the money if I were you. They won't, and can't, take action if you aren't liable for Council Tax.

    Submit all your paperwork and sit on your hands.
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    I wouldn't part with the money if I were you. They won't, and can't, take action if you aren't liable for Council Tax.

    Submit all your paperwork and sit on your hands.
    Makes sense, it's just that I'm here on a visa and I don't feel that confident messing with the UK tax system... You're probably right, though
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    (Original post by bsharchilev)
    Do you mean that even if they won't be able to process my certificate until the 6th March and I would have to pay the bill, they will refund the payment after they're done?
    Yes absolutely. If the council don't process your form before the 6th and you can afford it, just pay the bill and you'll get all of that money refunded.

    Councils automatically feed non-payments into a debt recovery process. If the exemption certificate isn't processed fast enough, the debt recovery could kick off anyway. As you say, having that sort of thing flagging up - even if it's subsequently reversed - isn't going to be helpful.

    I'm going to disagree with the last poster and say that you're better off paying on the 6th if you still need to by then, and waiting for the refund.
 
 
 

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