Expat wins legal fight to pay less tax on home
5 May 2006, LONDON — A British expat has won a legal battle to pay only half a council tax bill on a cottage in Britain which he left empty while he lived in Spain.
5 May 2006
LONDON — A British expat has won a legal battle to pay only half a council tax bill on a cottage in Britain which he left empty while he lived in Spain.
Gethin Parry rented out the house in Brassington later it stood empty.
But Derbyshire Dales District Council said it was his "sole or main residence", the BBC reported.
A High Court Judge in London ruled this was impossible while Parry was a Spanish resident paying Spanish taxes.
The ruling means he is entitled to a 50 percent discount on his tax bills rather than the 25 percent as the council contended.
The council charged him the higher rate between December 2003 and June 2004.
While backing the claim for a discount, the judge said Parry had clouded the issue with "insulting" correspondence.
Mr Justice Burnton described Parry as "his own worst enemy".
He added: "His correspondence is prolix, to the extent that his good points are masked by the bad or irrelevant.
"In addition, his unfair pejorative and indeed insulting references to the respondent council and its officers do not engender sympathy".
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