Register or sign up for a Council Tax online account to:
- View your outstanding Council Tax balance and check when it is due
- Check previous payments
- Apply for a Single Person Discount
- Sign up for e-billing
- Search for a Council Tax Band
- View your Housing benefits and Council Tax Support
- Check your Business Rates or tenant's details
For more information, visit our Self Serve page.
In most cases it is the person or people living in the property (aged 18 and over), whether you own, rent or live there rent-free.
The owner of a property should pay the bill if:
- You live in a residential or nursing home
- The property is only occupied by a religious community, minister of religion, domestic service staff or asylum seekers
- You are a tenant of a House of Multiple Occupation (HMO).
Yes - you still have to pay if you plan to return to your UK address when your circumstances change.
This depends on:
- The valuation band of your property, which you can check at the Valuation Office Agency (VAO) website
- The Council Tax level set for the year - this is based on how much we think our services will cost and how much we are due to get from Government grants
- The amount we collect on behalf of the police and fire services
- Whether or not you are entitled to any discounts or exemptions.
|Valuation Band||Property Value at 1 April 1991||2015 to 2016 Tax|
|A||Up to £40,000||£1,059.57|
|B||From £40,001 to £52,000||£1,236.17|
|C||From £52,001 to £68,000||£1,412.76|
|D||From £68,001 to £88,000||£1,589.36|
|E||From £88,001 to £120,000||£1,942.55|
|F||From £120,001 to £160,000||£2,295.75|
|G||From £160,001 to £320,000||£2,648.93|
|H||From £320,001 and over||£3,178.72|
When a property is complete, or when the remaining work is reasonably expected to be complete within three months, a Completion Notice will be served on the owner of the property. The notice will give a banding date.
Only under certain circumstances. The Valuation Office Agency (VAO) website deals with banding appeals.
If you miss a payment or pay late, we will send you a reminder giving you seven days to pay. If you don't pay the first reminder on time, you will be sent a summons. If you pay the first reminder, but fall behind again, you will be sent a second reminder. If you do not pay the second reminder on time, you will be sent a summons.
We only send two reminders in any financial year. If you miss a third payment, we will issue a final notice - this means you will lose the right to pay in instalments and you will have to pay the outstanding balance in full. If you cannot pay the balance in full, please contact us immediately and we may be able to offer an arrangement via Direct Debit only.
If you fail to pay a reminder or final notice balance, we will issue a summons notice for you to appear in the Magistrates Court. This means you will have to pay your bill for the year ahead in one go, plus any court costs incurred.
If you don't pay the summons balance in full, the Court will issue a Liability Order against you. This gives us the power to recover the money you owe via an attachment of earning order against your wages or benefits, enforcement agents, a bankruptcy order or even imprisonment. If you contact us after you have been summonsed, we may be able to offer a one-off arrangement - including costs, providing further recovery has not commenced.
You should contact the Council Tax team as soon as possible. They can check you are getting all the reductions you are entitled to.
If you are on a low income, you might be eligible to apply for Council Tax support.
You should contact us if:
- You have been sent the bill but don't agree that it is your responsibility
- We have refused an exemption or discount and you still think you are eligible
- You don't think Council Tax should be charged on your property
- You think we have calculated your bill incorrectly.
We have up to two months to investigate your appeal. You must pay your Council Tax in full while we process your appeal.
Let us know as soon as possible by completing one of the following forms:
- Council Tax: moving into Reading
- Council Tax: moving out of Reading
- Council Tax: moving around Reading
- Council Tax: landlords for tenants moving in or out.