How Long Can Someone Stay Without Paying Council Tax?
You may be wondering, how long can I stay without paying Council Taxes? If you don't pay a council tax payment within 28 days of the deadline, and you've already missed two payments, you lose your right to pay in instalments and must pay the whole amount right away.
If you haven't paid your Council Tax, you are in arrears, which means you owe money to the council. You should immediately call your local government. Request to talk with someone from the Council Tax office and explain your position. If you disregard your Council Tax debts, your council will most likely take you to court to collect all of the debt immediately.
Explaining your situation to the taxmen can sometimes be futile. When this happens, the council tax will take you to court, and you will have to pay for the court fees plus the debt, which will accrue to many pounds. It doesn't need to get there. DoNotPay can handle all the negotiations on your behalf and even file a complaint if they are harassing you, and you have already paid your debt.
What is Council Tax?
Your local government collects council tax to pay for public services in your town, such as garbage collection and police financing. The council tax bandings are determined based on the property's valuation as of April 1, 1991. This date applies to homes in England and Scotland; however, it is April 1, 2003, in Wales. Premises in England and Scotland are divided into eight council tax brackets, ranging from A to H (with a ninth 'I' band in Wales). Northern Ireland employs a rental-based residential rate system.
If your estate/property was constructed before April 1, 1991, it was assessed by the VOA for England and Wales depending on size, layout, style, and location. If the property did not exist on the day the banding valuations were established, it would be compared to similar properties in the area that were previously assigned a council tax band. Council tax is a mandatory tax for anyone over the age of 18 who resides on a property in the United Kingdom.
If you want to challenge your Council Tax band, you can call or email the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) through the following:
|Telephone (England)||03000 501 501|
|Telephone (Wales)||03000 505 505|
|Hours of Operation||Monday to Friday||9:00 am to 4:30 pm|
What Happens If I Don't Pay My Council Tax?
If a person cannot pay their council tax, the council will issue them an official notice requesting payment within seven days. The council may compel individuals to pay council tax for the full year if they cannot make up for the late payment.
The council may send two such notices to encourage payment of the council tax. The council may initiate legal action if the individual doesn't pay their debts after getting the last notification from their local municipality. This involves the custody of goods and, in some situations, eviction from the property. Some examples are:
- Support Allowance
- Employment Allowance
- Monetary Assistance
- Universal Credit
How to Make Council Tax Payments
In April, you should get your council tax bills. You have the option of paying in ten instalments or twelve instalments. Local governments may receive payments on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Some companies may discount the total cost if paid in full at the start of the year.
Your council tax bill will include a phone number if you have any questions. If you've just relocated, you'll need to notify both local governments of your new location for council tax reasons.
How to Get a Debt Assistance With DoNotPay
If you have been contacted by debt collectors recently concerning your council tax debt, DoNotPay can help you figure out your next moves. Dealing with debt collectors on your own is aggravating, and we want to save you that burden.
It's easy to use our services to sort out your issue with debt collectors. All you have to do is follow the steps below:
- Search “debt collection” on DoNotPay.
- Answer a series of questions about the debt collectors, including when you were contacted and how you were contacted, so we can determine if they have violated any debt collection laws.
- Decide which course of action you want to take based on our guidance, such as filing a debt verification request, demanding for the collectors to stop contacting you, or reporting them to a professional trade association.
And that's it! Once you choose the course of action you want to take, DoNotPay will handle the rest. We'll deliver your request directly to the debt collectors via first-class mail or file your complaint automatically with the relevant trade association or ombudsman.
DoNotPay Works With Different Entities
DoNotPay works with a myriad of companies to ensure service delivery for everyone. Below is a list of companies we can get in touch with in case of a complaint about their services:
These are just some of the companies. You can rest assured that we can contact any other company or service provider, not on the above list.
What Else Can DoNotPay Do?
Helping you navigate council tax payments is just one of the services we can offer you. We offer several other services, including:
- Filing complaints
- Suing in a small claims court
- Managing free trials
- Increasing credit limits
- Canceling subscriptions
- Sorting out pending bills on your behalf
Get in touch with DoNotPay for any queries relating to council tax payments. We have got you covered.