Discounts and exemptions
The discounts and premiums described below have been determined by South Somerset District Council under local discretionary powers contained within Council Tax legislation.
From 1 April 2023 South Somerset District Council will combine with Somerset County Council and the other District Councils in Somerset (Mendip District Council, Sedgemoor District Council and Somerset West and Taunton Council) to create the new Somerset Council.
In preparation for the councils merging, Somerset County Council have made decisions about the discretionary discounts and premiums for the new Somerset Council effective from 1 April 2023 onwards. Details of the future discounts and premiums can be viewed here.
If you are on a low income and need help towards paying your Council Tax, visit our Council Tax support page.
Am I eligible for a Council Tax discount?
Your living, personal and employment situation can all have an impact on your eligibility for a Council Tax discount.
For full details on these breakdowns visit our eligibility page.
Discretionary discount for those suffering financial problems due to unusual circumstances
In some cases, the Council can consider applications for a discount if you are suffering financially from a major event or a series of unusual circumstances that do not fall within the normal discounts or exemptions.
View our Discretionary Reduction in Liability Policy for more information.
Contact us to discuss and apply for this discount.
Discounts for certain properties
The type of property, for example uninhabitable properties, can also incur varying discounts and exemptions.
For full details, visit our discounts for certain properties page.
Appealing a decision
You have the right to appeal to the Council against any decision that makes you liable to pay Council Tax or against a decision to deny any type of discount.
You must appeal in writing. You will need to give us full details of what you think is wrong and why you do not agree with our original decision so we can review it. You will need to send any letters to:
South Somerset District Council
The Council Offices
If you are still unhappy with our decision, write to:
120 Leman Street
London E1 8EU
More information can be found on the Valuation Tribunal Service website.
Occupant of household has passed away
It is important that you let us know when someone has passed away as it will allow us to update, not only the Council Tax account, but also all other relevant Council Services.
If someone has died, you can tell us quickly and easily online via the Tell Us Once service.
What will happen to the Council Tax bill?
If the property has been left unoccupied due to the sole-occupier passing away an exemption will be applied until probate has been granted or the tenancy has ended.
Once probate has been granted:
- If the property has been transferred to beneficiaries, they will become liable to pay the Council Tax and a new account will be set up in their name.
- If the property remains unoccupied and in the hands of the executors, the exemption can continue for a further six months. Once this period has ended the full Council Tax will then become payable and a bill will be issued to the executors. An executor can claim a further three month discount once the furniture is remove.
If the property remains occupied, with only one adult remaining in household, they will be eligible for a single person discount.
Change in circumstances
If your bill says you are exempt or paying reduced Council Tax and your circumstances change, you must let us know immediately.
To report a change, visit our change in circumstances page.