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Council Tax

Moving home

Moving into Reading

Moving within Reading

Moving out of Reading

Landlords - tenants moving in or out


You can pay by direct debit or use our online payment system.

Missed payments

You should contact us online as soon as possible if you are having trouble keeping up with payments. If you miss a payment or pay late, we will send you a reminder giving you seven days to pay. If you do not pay, you will get a court summons and will lose your right to pay in instalments. You will have to pay any costs we incur recovering what you owe.

Online account

If you have a council tax account you can manage your account online - once you have set up your online account, you will be able to view your balance, payments, bill details and any documents sent.

Council Tax band

Find your Council Tax band

Discounts and Council Tax Support

You may be exempt or eligible for a discount - find out if you are on

If you are on a low income you may be eligible for Council Tax Support

Complete the following to apply for, or cancel a single person discount

To apply for any other type of discount or exemption please complete the Council Tax exemption or discount form. You should complete the discount or exemption cancellation form if your circumstances change.

Second or empty home discounts

Type of propertyDiscounts/surcharges
 Discount level before 1 April 2017Discount level from 1 April 2017
Second home5%0%
Empty/unfurnished and undergoing major repairs/uninhabitable50% for 12 months, full charge afterwards0%
Empty/unfurnished100% discount for one month, full charge afterwards0%
Empty/unfurnished for two years or moreSurcharge of 50%Surcharge of 50%


Use the website if you think your Council Tax band is wrong. Contact us if you think your bill is wrong, or you disagree with a decision we make on a discount or exemption.

Opening hours

Please note, the Civic offices are closed to visitors on Wednesdays for Council Tax enquiries. 

Council Tax bands

BandProperty valueCharge 2016/17Charge 2017/18
Aup to £40,000£1,098.54£1,148.89
B£40,001 to £52,000£1,281.64£1,340.36
C£52,001 to £68,000£1,464.73£1,531.85
D£68,001 to £88,000£1,647.82£1,723.33
E£88,001 to £120,000£2,013.99£2,106.30
H£320,000 and over£3,295.64£3,446.66

Bills showing incorrect amount due

If you have recently paid a bill, it is possible that your annual bill may not show the correct amount you owe. We ran annual billing on  3 March, so any bills paid after that date will not have been taken account of.

You can view an up-to-date version of your account online by registering with our online portal.

Paying by Direct Debit - do I need to do anything?

You don't need to do anything if you pay by Direct Debit, your payments will continue to be taken.

Why Council Tax Support has been reduced

From 1 April 2017 changes will be made to our Council Tax Support Scheme. 

Further details:

Housing Benefit and Council Tax support

PCC for Thames Valley 

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Government Cuts Force Council Tax Rise

pdf icon Letter to Residents by Reading Borough Council Leader, Councillor Jo Lovelock [225kb]

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