Council Tax Relief for low income ?


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noahvale

Maybe but self-employed and running a 'business' from home.
A business implies profits but in this case is barely a living, eg no
income tax has had to be paid for some years.
Less than 2,000 in savings but own outright the home.
Main question is can the council get stroppy if someone in such a
position fills out the forms to get their CT outgoings reduced.
Could they come back demanding business rates should be paid, just to
be vindictive.
No customers visit the house and no areas of the house could be deemed
for 'business' use only and home address registered with inland revenue
for (theoretical) tax purposes.
 
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linkuk

Maybe but self-employed and running a 'business' from home.
A business implies profits but in this case is barely a living, eg no
income tax has had to be paid for some years.
Less than 2,000 in savings but own outright the home.
Main question is can the council get stroppy if someone in such a
position fills out the forms to get their CT outgoings reduced.
Could they come back demanding business rates should be paid, just to
be vindictive.
No customers visit the house and no areas of the house could be deemed
for 'business' use only and home address registered with inland revenue
for (theoretical) tax purposes.
I was in your situation and i supplied them with a spreadsheet of my
accounts and bank statements plus the application form and it was no
problem.
If you can see if you can apply for any other benefits because that then
bypasses the route ive just mentioned as the benefits people inform the
council etc.
I only found out after the event! The council werent used to someone showing
them all the details personally like i did so it took a bit longer than it
might have done.
What age are you? If your over 60 there are other avenues you can explore
for help.
 
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anthonyberet

Maybe but self-employed and running a 'business' from home.
A business implies profits but in this case is barely a living, eg no
income tax has had to be paid for some years.
Less than 2,000 in savings but own outright the home.
Main question is can the council get stroppy if someone in such a
position fills out the forms to get their CT outgoings reduced.
Could they come back demanding business rates should be paid, just to
be vindictive.
No customers visit the house and no areas of the house could be deemed
for 'business' use only and home address registered with inland revenue
for (theoretical) tax purposes.
I don't think you have anything to worry about. You will be expected to
supply accounts so that your income can be assessed for Council-Tax Benefit.
 
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noahvale

linkuk said:
I was in your situation and i supplied them with a spreadsheet of my
accounts and bank statements plus the application form and it was no
problem.
If you can see if you can apply for any other benefits because that then
bypasses the route ive just mentioned as the benefits people inform the
council etc.
I only found out after the event! The council werent used to someone showing
them all the details personally like i did so it took a bit longer than it
might have done.
What age are you? If your over 60 there are other avenues you can explore
for help.

Mid 50s in age. The only reference to business rates on residential
property I could find on the internet was for un-neighbourly business,
eg car repair or breaking or car sales in the front garden. Anyone know
of any council guidelines on that aspect?
 
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Fred

Maybe but self-employed and running a 'business' from home.
A business implies profits but in this case is barely a living, eg no
income tax has had to be paid for some years.
Less than 2,000 in savings but own outright the home.
Main question is can the council get stroppy if someone in such a
position fills out the forms to get their CT outgoings reduced.
Could they come back demanding business rates should be paid, just to
be vindictive.
No customers visit the house and no areas of the house could be deemed
for 'business' use only and home address registered with inland revenue
for (theoretical) tax purposes.
If self employed the local housing benefit office will want to see your
accounts. It would have probably been easier to have a Ltd company instead
where the local HB office can be less onerous in their demands. You could
also pay yourself a menial wage and dividend based on the last years
profits.
 

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