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    ScotInEngland
    Council Tax after death?
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    • 19th Jan 09, 11:14 AM
    Council Tax after death? 19th Jan 09 at 11:14 AM
    I am executor of my late MILs estate which which is really only her house.

    Probate has been granted and the local Council gave 6 months free of Council Tax.

    That 6 months is up and now the council is sending bills for the remainder of the years CT.

    The bill is addressed to "The Executors of........" and the property is unoccupied. (has been up for sale but none of those making offers could proceed). The council are insisting that I make monthly payments on this account.

    Now my question is should I be making these payments?

    It seems the CT can become chargeable after the 6 months but my concern is about actually making the payments now.

    I understood that as executor I had establish all debts and all assets then once all that info is available distribute the estate, paying debts in a prescribed order then if anything left distribute to beneficiary. I also understood that no debts (other than funeral expenses and Inheritance Tax) should paid until the final balances were known.

    So as far as I can see the council should wait until the estate is finalised before being paid.

    One major problem is the estate has no way of making the payments, there is no money only the house. So the only way to make a payment would be out of my own pocket which I can't afford.(I get CT benefit towards my own CT) and I didn't think executors were supposed to do this.

    Does anyone know what the rules are when it comes to an estate paying these charges?
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