We will try to accept an offer that is realistic based on your means, however, you will need to complete and return an Income and Expenditure form, enclosing further documentation to support your current financial circumstances (if applicable) proposing an offer of repayment.
If you have received your annual bill, a reminder or a final notice and are unable to clear your bill within the current financial year, please complete this Income and Expenditure form. You will also need to provide your last 3 months bank statements, or, evidence that you have sought financial help and are working through a financial plan in order to help you with your current financial circumstances.
If you have received a summons or notice of Liability Order, you will need to complete this Income and Expenditure form. If our Recovery Team subsequently need to ask you for further evidence or information to support your offer of payment, they will contact you directly.
Please ensure you complete the relevant Income and Expenditure form based on the current circumstances of your Council Tax account.
If you don’t pay Council Tax after we have sent you a reminder and/or a final notice, then we will ask the Magistrates Court to issue a summons.
As soon as the summons is issued, a cost of £60 is added to your account. The summons will tell you the time, place and date of the hearing where the magistrates will decide whether they should issue a liability order against you. The summons will tell you the amount owed, the period of time it is for, and the costs you have to pay.
If you pay the amount shown on the summons in full, including the £60 costs, before the hearing, your case will not go to court. If you don’t pay the full amount on the summons, and the magistrates decide to issue a liability order against you, then an extra £50 costs could be added to your account.
No. The magistrates will hear all the cases listed on the court list whether people attend or not.
The Magistrates will not take your financial situation into account when making their decision, or hear an argument unless it is a valid defence. We will take your financial situation into account when discussing how you are going to repay this debt. This is why it is important to contact us immediately when you get the summons.
If a Liability Order has been signed it gives us permission to take a percentage of your earnings directly from your employer.
You can find out more about an Attachment of Earnings Order here.
If all other options fail, a summons may be issued for you to attend Maidstone Magistrates’ Court for a committal hearing.
If the outcome of this hearing considers you should have paid your Council Tax, a warrant of commitment may be issued, which will mean you have to go to prison for up to three months. Again, this will mean you have to pay extra costs.
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