In recent years there has been a line of my council tax labelled "Disregard 25% reduction". It turns out this shouldn't have been applied, and I am potentially going to have to back pay for several years. Is there any limit on the time this can be back applied? Do I have any options?
An extract from last year's bill is here
. I noticed the line a few years ago and literally "disregarded" it as that is what the label instructed. I just assumed it was a reduction for having the bill on direct debit (I get reductions on other bills for automatic/on-time payment so that made some sense) or because my property or area was zoned for a lower rate.
Basically - so many changes are always being announced in the press relating to council tax that I more or less don't pay attention and just settle the bill they send me. If the bill tells me to disregard it then I'm more than happy to do so!
But the entry apparently means that a member of the household is being disregarded, as someone explained to me recently when they were here as I opened my new bill. It turns out that it is left from when my wife was a student some 8 years ago and they have been billing us as a single person household ever since. In effect we have been paying 75% of the amount we should have been paying.
I wrote to them telling them the discount was being applied in error, but I only referenced the current bill in my letter. They have now written back stating that I have to provide "evidence of entitlement back to 2006 within 21 days or an amended bill will be issued". The tone of their letter is highly accusatory/inflammatory and is worded to suggest they have caught us engaged in some scam against them.
Potentially the discrepancy is extremely large if applied back many years (£340 on the most recent year alone!) and I am extremely concerned about such a demand being issued.
Do I have any options?