When you receive a Final Notice to pay your Council Tax this also means that you automatically lose the right to pay the outstanding balance by instalments and furthermore, the total outstanding balance for the entire year must be paid in full within 7 days of the date shown on the Final Notice.
If you are unable to pay your Council Tax in full after you have received a Final Notice to pay, we recommend that you set up a Special Payment Arrangement right away. A Special Payment Arrangement will enable you to come to an agreement with Basildon Council for your outstanding Council Tax account to be paid in manageable instalments. If you keep up with the agreed instalments then no further action will be required.
You can set up a Council Tax Special Payment Arrangement online now, see Set up a Special Payment Arrangement to pay your Council Tax (only to be completed if you have received a Final Notice to pay your Council Tax).
If you do not pay the balance as shown on your Final Notice or set up a Special Payment arrangement then you may be summoned before the Magistrates Court. This will add a cost of £45.00 to your account. The summons will include a court hearing date.
If you consider for any reason that you are not liable for these charges you should immediately contact The Council Tax Team.
Please be aware that your Council Tax is still due and payable whilst your liability to pay is being looked into, we therefore recommend that if you are unable to pay the balance in full you should still complete our Special Arrangement form whilst your liability is being looked into. If your Liability is amended your special payment arrangement will then be adjusted accordingly.