Backdating of

You can request backdated benefit on the benefit claim form or via a letter.

'Good cause' is something that prevented you from being able to make your claim at the right time.

Unfortunately, 'not knowing' that you could have made a claim is not, by itself, a good enough reason to allow backdating.

Examples of 'good cause' could be that: We do look at each case individually but can only make a decision based on the information you give to us, so it is important that you give us as much information as you can to support your request for backdating.

The local authority must be satisfied with the reasons for the delay in making your claim.

Each claim for backdating is decided on their own merits.

The payments received would be treated as VAT inclusive and the VAT fraction of 1/6 should be applied to extract the VAT out of the amount.

An alternative is to issue VAT only invoices in an attempt to recover the VAT which should have been charged i.e. This is appropriate where the customers can recover VAT and there is a reasonable prospect that at least some of the invoices will be paid.

Appealing a backdating decision If you are not happy with the decision you can ask us to look at it again.

Please note that these backdating rules do not apply to the council tax support scheme.

Businesses only have limited rights to recover input tax retrospectively, so consideration should be given to the date of registration as you can normally only go back four years for recovering the VAT on goods still on hand at the date of registration and six months for services.

However, a VAT only invoice needs to be seen in the context of the total amount paid/ payable by the customer.

A Council Tax Support claim will normally start from the Monday following the date of first contact with a designated office, these are our Council Offices, Department of Work and Pensions and some local housing services.

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