Martin Lewis explains how to make sure you don’t miss out on the £150 tax refund
Martin Lewis said the £150 tax refund has already arrived for some eligible homes paying by direct debit. If you pay by direct debit, you will receive the money automatically
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Martin Lewis has explained how households can ensure they don’t miss out on the £150 tax refund.
The MoneySavingExpert founder said the money has already arrived for some eligible households paying by direct debit.
Anyone who pays by direct debit will receive the money automatically, since the bank details of your municipality are stored.
The Council Tax Refund Scheme is available to households in England, Wales and Scotland and is being handed out to millions of families.
In each decentralized nation, the one-off payment of £150 applies to houses in council tax brackets A, B, C or D.
In Scotland you also qualify if you are entitled to council tax credits.
“Anyone in an A to D taxable property should expect a £150 rebate on energy bills – some may already have -” Martin told ITV’s This Morning earlier this week.
“They did it through council tax because that’s a household bill and energy is a household bill.”
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Mr Lewis continued: “If you are in England the £150 will normally be deposited into your bank account if you pay council tax by direct debit.
“That’s why people paying by direct debit should check that it’s in their bank account.”
If you’re not paying by direct debit, you’ll need to manually apply for the £150 payment to your local authority.
Your council should contact you with more information on how to apply this month.
“Your council will likely write to you and explain how you can claim the discount,” Martin said.
He added: “If you don’t claim a discount, chances are it will be given to you as a discount on your bill.”
Martin also urged Brits to be aware of a community tax refund scam making the rounds, with scammers using the government scheme as an opportunity to target vulnerable people.
The Local Government Association (LGA), a cross-party membership organization for local government, says councils will never ask for bank details over the phone.
A number of councillors, including Durham and Southwark, have already issued a warning to residents, urging them to beware of fraudulent phone calls.
Martin added: “If someone calls you about this £150 discount and asks for your bank account details, they are scammers!”
If you are unsure if the caller is genuine, by all means hang up and call the company directly using the contact number on their website.
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