Advice reveals how households who don’t pay tax by direct debit can get £150 back on bank accounts ASAP

TIPS has started to reveal how households who don’t pay their tax bill by direct debit can get the £150 rebate.

Families who have not set up automatic payment of housing tax will have to apply for the subsidy.

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How you get your council tax refund depends on how you usually pay your bill

The government unveiled the plan to give 80% of households a £150 council tax refund earlier this year.

It will be paid to people living in households in municipal tax brackets A to D, to help families cope with the rising cost of living.

Residents who pay council tax bills by direct debit will receive payment first.

This is because the local authority will already have their bank account details on file.

These payments will begin to be paid this month – although some councils have warned of delays.

If you are paying through another method, some tips have started revealing how you can access the money.

How it works depends which local authority area you live in.

For example, York Council said residents who do not pay by direct debit will be able to apply online from May.

Barnsley Council has already made an online application form available.

Residents can either get £150 transferred to their bank account or get a discount on future bills.

Residents of Barnet, north London, will receive a letter from the Post Office with a barcode from May 4.

These letters can be taken to any post office for households to claim the £150 cash payment.

East Devon Council said it would write to eligible residents inviting them to apply online.

Check your local council’s website to find out how to get the discount.

Not all local authorities have confirmed how it will be paid, so you may have to wait.

Some will still allow you to sign up to pay by direct debit to get the grant sooner.

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Martin Lewis’ MoneySavingExpert has issued an urgent scam warning to households awaiting a £150 council tax refund.

You could lower your council tax bill by changing the band you’re in, like this savvy saver who managed to knock hundreds off the total.

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