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What is Council Tax?

Council Tax is payable on every domestic property and pays part of the cost of services provided by the council.

In Wolverhampton the tax raises £94.243m which is 40.61% of the money spent by the council on local services. The remaining cost is met from:

  • rates paid by businesses
  • grants from Central Government
  • charges for using services

How is Council Tax calculated?

Each property is put in a valuation band by the Valuation Office Agency, based on its value as at April 1, 1991. This band determines the amount of Council Tax you will have to pay.

The bands are:

Property band              Charge 2017/18Property value
Band A£1,103.20up to £40,000
Band B£1,287.07£40,001 to £52,000
Band C£1,470.94£52,001 to £68,000
Band D£1,654.81£68,001 to £88,000
Band E£2,022.55£88,001 to £120,000
Band F£2,390.28£120,001 to £160,000
Band G£2,758.01£160,001 to £320,000                                                           
Band H£3,309.62£320,001 or greater

Appeal against your property band

If you think your property band isn't correct, you can appeal to the Valuation Office Agency. Your current Council Tax bill will continue to remain payable until any dispute is settled.

You can appeal against the band your property has been allocated if you are:

  • the person liable to pay the Council Tax
  • the owner (or person entitled to possession) of the dwelling
  • the person who would be liable if the property was not exempt from Council Tax
  • the Billing Authority