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Council Tax Refund Cold Call Warning

Published Wednesday, 03 December 2014

Householders in Longridge and Chipping are being warned about a company offering to get their council tax band lowered for a fee.

The company has been cold calling householders offering to save them cash on their council tax.

The council has received over 50 calls from residents concerned about the company’s claims.

And residents across Ribble Valley are being reminded that they can get their council tax reviewed for free.

The council’s head of revenues and benefits, Mark Edmondson, said: “People believe the company might be working on behalf of the council, or the Valuation Office Agency, but this is not the case.

"We have been told the company is charging an up-front fee, followed by a success fee based on any saving achieved, but council taxpayers can have their council tax band reviewed for free by the Valuation Office Agency.

“If people think their house is in the wrong council tax band, they should contact the Valuation Office Agency themselves. They don’t need a company to do it for them.”

If you think your council tax banding is wrong, contact the Valuation Office Agency’s Preston office on 03000 501501.

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