The Consequences Of Not Paying

Not paying your Council Tax could lead to court proceedings and costs.

Not paying your Council Tax could result in fines and court proceedings

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The best way to avoid court action and costs is to check your details now.

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When you don't pay…

Failure to pay your Council Tax correctly can have serious implications. Whether or not the oversight is intentional, action will be taken to recover every penny, and you could end up incurring costs and having legal action taken against you.

1. Court Summons (costs incurred)

Court Summons (costs incurred)

A summons is served for non-payment. If you are unable to pay or wish to discuss payment you should contact your local authority’s Revenues & Benefits Service.

2. Pay it off and be let off

Pay it off and be let off

Pay the full amount owed prior to the court date, and you’re free to go.

3. Magistrate court hearing

Magistrate court hearing

An application for a Liability Order will be made and you will incur further costs. You do not have to attend court unless you wish to defend the application.

4. Liability order (costs incurred)

Liability order (costs incurred)

An application for a Liability Order will be made and you will incur further costs.

Ways we can obtain payment

Once a Liability Order has been granted, the Council will be able to collect the funds you owe through various different methods.

Ways we can obtain a payment
Deduction from earnings

Deduction from earnings

Payments will be automatically deducted from your wages.

Charging order on propert

Charging order on property

A charging order on your property will allow its sale to repay your debt or for us to take the money out of the proceeds from a future sale.

Debt collection sale of possession

Debt collection sale of possession

Enforcement Agents will remove and sell some of your possessions to recover your debt.

Deduction from benefits

Deduction from benefits

The amount of benefits you receive each month will be reduced until the full amount owed is repaid.

Insolvency

Insolvency

Legal proceedings could begin to ensure your personal bankruptcy or corporate liquidation.

Struggling to pay?

If you’re having difficulty keeping up with payments, make sure you seek advice. There are a number of organisations who can provide you with guidance, some of which are listed below:

National Debtline

National Debt Helpline

0808 808 4000
Citizens Advice Bureau

Citizens Advice Bureau

03444 111 444
The Money Advice Service

Money Advice Service

0300 500 5000
Gov.uk

Gov.uk

visit website
Step Change Debt Charity

Step Change Debt Charity

0800 138 1111
You can also contact your local council

You can also contact your

Local Authority

Up to £10 million of Council Tax is lost a year in Essex

£10 million in council tax is lost every year in Essex
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