Council Tax Law When Living/Working Away
I wonder if anyone can enlighten me in regard to Council Tax Law.
After a long period of unemployment, I have finally managed to secure myself two job offers - both contracts. One is for 9 months in London and the other is for 3 years and based in Brussels. This means that, whichever role I accept, I will be living away from home for 98% of the time.
If I take the job in London I will be renting an apartment there, so I will be liable to pay Council Tax there to the local authority which I will accept as I will be living/sleeping there for 5 out of 7 days of each week. However, surely if I am renting an apartment in London and paying Council Tax there, then that should be classified as my main home.
However, because my wife and kids will remain living at my home in Swansea, then Council Tax will also be due there. However, it is only THEIR main home in that case as I will only be resident at my home in Swansea for two days/nights every week (unless they come to London to stay with me on some weekends). So surely in this case, I should be entitled to a reduction in Council Tax for my Swansea home because for the vast majority of time, there is now only one adult and three children living at my home in Swansea (wife and three kids).
If I take the job in Brussels, then the situation is surely very different because it would mean that I would not be returning home every weekend (prolly more like every 2nd or 3rd weekend) and would effectively be a foreign resident in Brussels and therefore paying the local Belgian tax equivalent. But again, the same question still applies because the Swansea home will not be MY main home but it will be the main residence of my wife and kids.
If anyone understands how the Council Tax system works then I would be grateful for advice as I will be damned if I am going to pay Council Tax twice when I don't have to.
Logically, because I am away from home consistently for 5 of the 7 days in each week, then surely I must be classed as not living in Swansea. An analogy could be that of a couple who have separated/divorced with the kids living with their mother. Every weekend, the father comes home to see his kids and spend time with them, but because he lives far away, he stays at that home while the visit takes place. He would not be required to pay Council Tax at the home of his kids because he does not live there !!
I've tried researching this on the internet but simply keep finding different Council's websites. ALL of whom offer conflicting advice on this matter (e.g. if one is working away from home in accommodation paid for by the employer then one is NOT exempt from Council Tax at the 'normal' home - but I would paying for the accommodation myself so this would not apply !!)
Does anyone know what applies and what I should be exempt from ?
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