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The Council Tax is the main form of local taxation in England, Scotland and Wales. It is paid by some residents to the local authority. It was introduced in 1993 (by way of the Local Government Finance Act 1992) as a successor to the Community Charge (the "poll tax").

The base for the tax is residential property. Each dwelling is allocated to one of eight bands coded by letters A through to H (A through to I in Wales) on the basis of its assumed capital value (as of 1 April 1991 in England and Scotland, 1 April 2003 in Wales). Newly constructed properties are also assigned a nominal 1991 (2003 for Wales) value. Each local authority sets a tax rate expressed as the annual levy on a Band D property inhabited by two liable adults. This decision automatically sets the amounts levied on all types of households and dwellings. Single adults living alone are entitled to a 25% discount.

As of 2006, the average annual levy on a property is 1,056 (the average Band D tax is 1,268).

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