Although we are charged with collecting a very high percentage of this amount within each financial year, we believe in:
As soon as you realise you have a problem paying your bill you should talk to the Council. Please ring our friendly Team who will be happy to help you: 0300 303 7801
You may be entitled to a reduction in your bill, for example, through Council Tax Support. The Council may also be able to help you by rescheduling your payments. Do not ignore the bill; if you do not pay it and fail to agree any other arrangement with the Council, recovery action may be taken which could considerably increase the amount you have to pay.
Making Council Tax payments easier
How can the Revenues Service help ?
Other ways we can help:-
Even if you have several Council Tax debts, or other related worries, please contact us first.
If we are unable to help you ourselves we can refer you to various advice and information centres around Sedgemoor who offer free independent advice.
There is no charge for our assistance and speaking to us early can avoid incurring further costs and charges.
A Liability Order allows deductions to be made from certain benefits via the Department of Work and Pensions for the repayment of Council Tax.
A Liability Order allows the Council to write to your employer to request deductions be made directly from your pay and forwarded to the Council for your Council Tax.
Once we have a Liability Order against you, we may choose to use an Enforcement Agent to recover your debts. An Enforcement Agent can take stock and goods or may come to a payment arrangement.
The Council takes committal action in the Local Magistrates Court for unpaid Council Tax or Business Rates
If you have received a Court summons, the Council will apply to the Magistrates to issue a Liability Order against you.
To stop further action you must now pay the full amount of Council Tax as you have forfeited the right to pay by instalments. If this does not occur then the Council will seek a Liability Order against you.
The Council can serve a Statutory demand as a prelude to personal bankruptcy or the liquidation of your company if you do not pay your Council Tax or Business Rates.
A Liability Order allows further action to be taken against you. This may include an Attachment to Earnings or Benefit, Bailiff/Enforcement Agent action, bankruptcy, the possible liquidation of your business or your committal to prison.
A Council Tax or Business Rate reminder will be issued at any time after an instalment is missed.