Dealing With Council Tax Arrears

Council Tax Arrears

If you are in arrears with your council tax payments, there are several things you should do as soon as possible. First, you need to contact your council tax office as soon as possible. If you fail to do so, the council will start the process of taking you to court. This process can be costly, as bailiff fees and court costs can be added to your bill. Also, remember that council tax arrears are a priority debt, so they should be dealt with as soon as possible.

Your council tax bill will show the amount you owe, the date you must pay, and how much you are required to pay each instalment. If you don’t pay your bill by the deadlines, you will receive a notice of non-payment. This notice will ask for the full amount that you owe, minus any previous payments you’ve made. If you still don’t pay, your council tax bill will be sent to the Magistrates’ Court. Once the court order is served, the council will take action against you by issuing a Liability Order, which gives them more legal power to recover your debt.

If you’re still unable to pay your council tax, there are various ways you can avoid the court process. You can try to negotiate with your local authority, offering them a reasonable amount you can afford, and explaining how paying this amount will prevent you from becoming further in arrears and incurring more court costs. You can also get advice from your local Citizens Advice Bureau, or the National Debt line.

Before the court can issue a liability order against you, the council will carry out a means enquiry to determine if you can pay your council tax debt. If you don’t have enough money to pay, the court can charge you with culpable neglect and issue a warrant to arrest you.

Once you have been issued with a council tax notice, you should sit down and calculate a realistic amount that you can afford to pay each month. Once you’ve worked out a realistic payment amount, send it to the council. Try to start paying as soon as possible. It may take some time, but if you make at least one payment per month, your council will be more likely to accept the payment arrangement. This will reduce your arrears, and it also gives your council information about your financial situation.

Once you’ve missed a couple of payments, your council will send you a reminder. This reminder will ask you to bring your account up to date within a certain amount of days. If you fail to pay within that period, the council will issue a final notice and take legal action.

The most important thing to remember when dealing with a council tax bill is that it’s your responsibility to pay it. Depending on how much you earn, you can be asked to pay more than you can afford. If you don’t pay, the council may decide to levy bankruptcy fees. If your home is worth less than your debt, it might be sold.