Martin Lewis: Council tax SMI exemption explained – how to get thousands back | Personal Finance | Finance

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How does the SMI council tax exemption work? SMI stands for severe mental impairment. Those considered to suffer from such an impairment are exempt for council tax.

Martin Lewis explained on his Money Show tonight: “Severe mental impairment council tax exemption, I’ve been campaigning on this for a long time.”

One caller claimed to have got £1,900 back after his father and mother in law qualified for an exemption.

Martin said: “We need to spread the word about it, payouts can be up to £10,000 in some cases.”

He explained an SMI is a “permanent severe impairment of intelligence and social functioning.

“It has to be medically certified and tends to be common with things like Alzheimer’s, dementia and severe strokes.

READ MORE: What council tax band are you in and how can you save money?

What are the council tax bands?

Council tax bands are worked out based roughly on the estimated value of the property.

The bands are alphabetised:

A – Up to £40,000

B – More than £40,000 and up to £52,000

C – More than £52,000 and up to £68,000

D – More than £68,000 and up to £88,000

E – More than £88,000 and up to £120,000

F – More than £120,000 and up to £160,000

G – More than £160,000 and up to £320,000

H – More than £320,000

You can check your council tax band on the Government’s website. 

Also on tonight’s show Martin revealed how a pensioner managed to claim back money on her state pension. 

She managed to get a whopping £82k of backdated state pension payments.

Jill’s husband, sadly, died in 2008 and at the time, she got a state pension payment of around £90 a week but her husband got a much more generous pay out.

Jill detailed she “thought that pension died with him” but following a viewing of Martin’s advice, she was proven wrong.




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