A full council tax bill assumes that there are at least two adults over 18 living in the property. However, you may qualify for a council tax percentage of discount or a complete exemption from paying council tax.
If we give you a discount or exemption on your council tax and your circumstances change, you must tell us immediately.
Discounts and disregards
Not everyone has to pay the full amount of council tax due for the band their property is in. There are discounts that may apply to you. If you think you may qualify for one of these discounts, please download the relevant application form and return it to your local Wiltshire Council office with any evidence required.
- Single person
- Apprentices, student nurses or youth trainees
- Disabled persons
- Persons in care homes, nursing homes or hospitals
- Severely mentally impaired people
- Persons in detention
- Members of religious communities
- Members of visiting defence forces, foreign defence organisation or international headquarters
- Army and service personnel
A property which is unfurnished and unoccupied may qualify for a discount for a period of up to twelve months.
Annexes occupied by family members may also qualify for a discount.
Some property is exempt from council tax altogether (which means you don’t have to pay council tax). It may be exempt for only a short period, for example, six months, or indefinitely.
Council Tax reduction
If you do not qualify for any council tax discounts or exemptions but are on a low income, you may still qualify for Council Tax reduction
Fair processing statement
We will keep and use your personal information in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998.
This authority is under a duty to protect the public funds that it administers and, to this end, may use the information you have provided to the authority for the prevention and detection of fraud. It may also share this information with other bodies administering or in receipt of public funds, such as HM Revenues and Customs.
The council participates in data matching exercises internally and through the National Fraud Initiative.
Data matching involves comparing computer records held by one body against other computer records held by the same or another body to see how far they match. This is usually personal information used to:
- prevent or detect benefit fraud or any other crime
- support national fraud initiatives
- protect public funds
Last updated: 5 August 2014