Warning households may have to wait until September for £150 in tax breaks

Councils across the country began distributing the £150 rebate payments in April – but some households will have to wait until September for the money to hit their bank accounts

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Households may have to wait until September to claim their £150 tax refund, in a blow to struggling families.

Communities started distributing the £150 payments in April, but whether or not you’ve already received yours depends on a postcode lottery.

Local authorities have until September 30 to spend the money, meaning families will have to wait another four months.

Many households paying by direct debit have already started receiving the £150 payment.

Those who do not pay by direct debit will be contacted by their municipality, who will then ask for your details so that they can issue the discount.

Harrow Council has apologized for a delay in issuing payments, saying in an update on 16 May: “Due to a technical error we apologize for the delay in issuing payments to eligible taxpayers.

“We are now testing software that will enable us to pay the £150 energy rebate as quickly as possible.”

Council tax refunds worth £150 may not arrive until September


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South Derbyshire County Council has also noticed delays in processing the rebates and is “currently testing the software” used to pay the £150 energy rebate.

“If the tests go well, we hope to be able to make the payment to direct debit payers in June 2022,” reads a statement on their website.

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Dartford Borough Council has also said it could take up to September for payments to show up in your account depending on when you made a council tax payment.

“We store your bank details so that we can deposit the money directly into your bank account,” it said.

“We will transfer the money from May 2022, but you may have to wait until September.”

Who is entitled to the £150 tax refund?

The council tax refund applies to houses in council tax brackets A, B, C or D in England and Wales – around 80% of properties – but not to those in council tax brackets E, F, G and H (or I as well, in Wales).

Residents of Scotland are also entitled to a £150 reduction if they are in bands A to D – but they also qualify if they currently also receive a council tax reduction.

If you are eligible, the money does not need to be returned and will be sent to you by bank transfer if you pay by direct debit.

For those who pay by direct debit, the municipalities use the data they have in their system for you to transfer the money straight to your bank account.

The Local Government Association (LGA) has urged households to watch out for scammers trying to steal your details and said councils will never ask for bank details over the phone.

If you don’t qualify for the £150 rebate, you may be eligible for support from a £144 million discretionary fund set up for families in England.

Each council decides who is eligible for funding and what help you can get. So contact your local authority for more information.

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