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Council Tax - Arrears
We must receive your Council Tax payment on or before the payment date. If we don't,we will ask you to make the missed payment within seven days. If you do not do this, you will lose your right to pay in instalments after another seven days. The amount you owe for the rest of the year will then be due immediately and we will apply to the Sheriff Court for a 'summary warrant', which allows us to collect the taxes you owe us. At this stage we will add costs of 10% of the amount you owe.
So if you do not pay, you may end up having:
- money taken from your wages;
- your bank account 'frozen',which means you cannot use the money in the account;
- money taken from your Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance; or
- your goods taken away and sold at auction.
If you are having difficulties paying your Council Tax, call us now on 01506 776982 so that we can help.
Frequently Asked Questions
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No, you need to contact the Sheriff Officer to come to an arrangement.
If you pay by monthly instalments and do not pay an instalment in full, on the day it is due, then you will be sent a reminder notice asking you to pay the outstanding balance of the instalment within 7 days. By law you cannot receive more than 2 reminders in any one financial year. If you do not pay then you will lose the right to pay by instalments and the full year's charge will due. The council will then apply to the Sheriff Court for a summary warrant to recover the debt. At this stage a 10% statutory surcharge is added to the outstanding balance on your account.
Once a Council Tax case has gone through the Sheriff Court a Summary Warrant is granted. This order allows us to take certain methods of recovery, one of which is an earnings arrestment. Council Tax Earnings Arrestment is when the council has a Summary Warrant from the Sheriff Court to recover Council Tax payment directly from your earnings. In other words, we recover what you owe us directly from your wages. You are obliged to provide details when requested by us and we do not need to consult you when considering an arrestment.
If you have difficulty in making your Council Tax payments you should contact us straight away for advice. You may be able to arrange to repay the debt without the Council taking legal action against you.
The offer to pay your Council Tax by instalments has been withdrawn as you have not paid what was required, therefore you are being asked to pay the full balance for the year.
Council Tax must be paid in accordance with the instructions on the bill to avoid recovery. When one instalment is missed a Reminder will be issued. If it is brought up to date and kept up to date no further action will be taken. If this is not brought up to date the Council will apply to the Sheriff Court for a Summary Warrant. If the first reminder is brought up to date but subsequent instalments are defaulted upon a Second Reminder is issued. If it is brought up to date and kept up to date no further action will be taken. If this is not brought up to date the Council will apply to the Sheriff Court for a Summary Warrant. If you default for a third time you will not be sent another reminder and the Council will apply to the Sheriff Court for a Summary Warrant.Any Warrant issued will incur costs of 10% of the outstanding balance - known as a Statutory Surcharge. Please note that paying within the month will not always avoid recovery, it is important to make payment on the date shown on the bill.