A Council Tax or Business Rate reminder will be issued at any time after an instalment is missed.
The law says that a reminder can be sent if your payment does not reach us by the due date. If your payment is in transit, in the post, giro system etc., a reminder will therefore be issued as the Council do not know that you have made a payment until it arrives on your account.
The Council Tax or Business Rate reminder asks that the payments are brought up to date within 7 days:
If the amount owing is not paid: After a further 7 days the right to pay the year's Council Tax or Business Rates by instalments is lost, and the whole years charge or balance will become payable.
If the amount owing is paid: Recovery procedures halt unless you fail to pay another instalment on time. At this point a second reminder/final notice will be sent.
The second Council Tax reminder requires the payments are brought up to date within 7 days.
If the amount owing is not paid: After 7 days the right to instalments will be lost and the whole years charge or balance becomes payable. This must now be paid within the next 7 days.
If the amount is paid: Recovery procedures halt unless you fail to pay another instalment on time. At this point no further reminders may be sent, instead a final notice will be issued.
The second Business Rate reminder/final notice requires payment of the full balance of the year's charge within 7 days.
If the amount owing is not paid in full a Magistrates Court summons may be issued. This will incur additional costs and may result in enforcement proceedings to recover the debt
If you are unable to pay the reminder or final notice balance in full, a Court summons will be issued, incurring £74.00 costs. If the Court issue a Liability Order we can take more powerful action to recover the unpaid Council Tax or Business Rates. In certain circumstances, however, we may consider making a special arrangement for you to pay the balance, including costs.
For Council Tax, all arrangements are subject to you providing your employers name and address, if you are working. If you have not made an arrangement, or the account is not fully paid, it will be passed to the Enforcement Agents to collect.
If you are in arrears with your Council Tax or Business Rates and wish to discuss payments or the action being taken against you, please contact us as soon as possible.