Council Tax for New Communities

Council Tax for New Communities


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What is Council Tax?

Council Tax is a local tax collected by local government. Council Tax helps to pay for local services such as policing and refuse collection.

It is a tax on domestic property, for example flats and houses. It applies to all homes whether owned or rented. Some people do not have to pay Council Tax and some people get a discount.

Who pays?

There is one Council Tax bill for each home; this could be a house, a flat or a single room. It is usually the resident who has to pay the bill.

Council Tax discounts may be granted in special circumstances, for example if you live alone.

For more information about discounts and exemptions see the details sent with your bill.
Or telephone 023 8083 2349.

How to pay

You can pay your bill in instalments and these will be shown on your bill. You can pay by various methods such as direct debit, credit or debit card, on–line payment or by post. Details of how to pay are on the bill.

Do not delay in paying your bill or the Council will take action to recover the monies from you. If you do not pay your Council Tax, the Council will issue a summons. The court will grant a Liability Order which means payments can be deducted from your wage or your benefit. It could also mean a bailiff visiting your home.

When you move into a property and when you leave one you must tell the Council, this will allow the tax to be worked out for you.

Contact details:

Telephone: 023 8083 2349

Write to:
Local Taxation Services,
Civic Centre,
Southampton,
SO14 7LD

Email council.tax@southampton.gov.uk
Fax: 023 8083 2144

Council Tax Benefit

To find out if you qualify for help with your bill contact Benefit Services:

Telephone: 023 8083 2031

Write to:
Benefit Services,
Southampton PO Box 954,
SO14 2YH

Email benefit.services@southampton.gov.uk

For more information click

www.southampton.gov.uk/living/counciltax