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Council Tax


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

Direct Debit is the easiest and cheapest way to pay.

You can also pay on our 24 hour payment line on 03004560543. Calls are charged at 3 pence per minute, plus your phone provider's charges.

Missed payments

If you are having trouble keeping up with payments or if you disagree with the recovery actions taken, you should contact us as soon as possible using our Council Tax Recovery Action form

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, or regularly pay late, you will receive 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; we will, however, allow you a final opportunity to propose repayment of the debt using our Council Tax Arrangement form. Failure to agree repayment terms may result in your account being sent to our enforcement agents, in which case further costs will be incurred. Alternatively, we may request deductions directly from your salary or benefit payments. 

Council Tax Recovery Action form

Council Tax Arrangement form

Moving home

Moving into Reading

Moving within Reading

Moving out of Reading

Moving Out of Reading and in receipt of Housing Benefit

Landlords - tenants moving in or out

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 Gov.uk.

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 Gov.uk 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


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