Council tax warning as missing a monthly payment reminder will lead to whopping bill

Council tax even pays towards police, fire services, public transport and the collection of domestic waste. However, it is not used to pay for health services.

How much a person has to pay depends on what their personal circumstances are and which valuation band the property is in.

In the event that a person misses a payment, the council will send out a reminder notice around two weeks after a missed payment.

This means that they have seven days to pay their council tax.

If it’s paid within seven days, they do not need to do anything else.

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The debt will automatically clear and they will be able to continue paying council tax in instalments.

If the billpayer does not pay within seven days, they will have to pay the whole year’s council tax.

They will be sent a second reminder notice if they miss another council tax payment.

People will only get a maximum of two reminder notices in a financial year – this runs from April 1 to March 31 of the next year.

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The council will send a final notice saying that the person must pay the whole year’s council tax if they miss a payment for the third time.

If they do not pay within seven days of the final notice, the council will usually apply to the courts for permission to collect the debt.

The final notice is formally known as a liability order.

The council may even send a bailiff to a person’s home if there is no other way to recover the debt.

If the court grants the council with a liability order, the billpayer will also have to pay the cost of the court fees.

The court can also take money from benefits payments such as Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Pension Credit and Universal Credit.

If a person still doesn’t pay, the council can get a person’s employer to pay the unpaid council tax directly from your wages.

Normally a person will pay council tax in ten monthly instalments, followed by two months of not making any payments.

Councils do offer an option to spread the payments over twelve months instead of the usual ten in order to reduce the amount one is asked to pay on each bill.

If they pay in ten instalments, they will not pay any council tax in February and March.

Those on a low income may be able to get a reduction on their council tax bill.

To determine if a person is eligible for a reduction, charities like Turn2us provide those in financial need with access to welfare benefits and charitable grants.

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