I thought there were only 2 council tax payment options?

10 months or 12 months ... and not 11 months being an option? Just Googling now and the result returned 10 & 12 as the options too.

Right now I'm just going through the budgeting spreadsheets to build an annual spend so everything can be seen a little easier & was surprised to see only 1 month when we didn't pay it.

March being the only month we've not paid. All the others - we have.

Was I wrong from the get go & paying over 11 months is actually an option?
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  • eskbanker
    eskbanker Posts: 29,906
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    How are you paying, i.e. is it a direct debit?  Does the total paid over the tax year reconcile with the annual bill?
  • lincroft1710
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    Are you sure 2 payments didn't go out in the same month. Your CT bill should show you the direct debit amount to be taken for each month you pay.
    If you are querying your Council Tax band would you please state whether you are in England, Scotland or Wales
  • RG2015
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    edited 24 October 2023 at 1:14PM
    If your request to pay over 12 months was late, your local council may have split the annual amount over 11 months. The following years may then be split over 12 months.
  • molerat
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    With my council you have the option of weekly, 2 weekly, 4 weekly, monthly 10 or 12, quarterly, 6 monthly or annual. Direct debit being an option for all periods.
    I normally pay over 12m but this year they had a computer fritz and couldn't collect some payments over a 2 week period in August and instead of collecting late they have re billed and are collecting the 8 months over 7, Sep - Mar.
  • B0bbyEwing
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    edited 24 October 2023 at 4:42PM
    I pay via monthly direct debit. These payments come from my Santander account which is only used for direct debits & only ones where you get cashback so it's pretty easy to tally as I've been doing at the end of each week anyway (in other words, I haven't been double billed).
    Speaking of bills, I've just found mine & it seems 'right'. According to the paper bills....

    May '22: £160.97
    June '22 - Feb '23 inclusive: £161.00
    March '23 - month off
    April '23: £166.14
    May '23 - January '24 inclusive: £168.00

    And for the record, I haven't changed anything - as in I haven't told them I'd like to pay over different months compared to what I used to have paid. 

  • eskbanker
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    So the bill was settled/collected over ten months then, but May to February in 2022/23 instead of the more conventional April to January that's being used in 2023/24?
  • B0bbyEwing
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    eskbanker said:
    So the bill was settled/collected over ten months then, but May to February in 2022/23 instead of the more conventional April to January that's being used in 2023/24?
    I started there because I have no records prior to May '22 - I've binned them.

    Maybe the bill prior to that included April '22 or maybe it didn't, I'm not sure.
  • eskbanker
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    eskbanker said:
    So the bill was settled/collected over ten months then, but May to February in 2022/23 instead of the more conventional April to January that's being used in 2023/24?
    I started there because I have no records prior to May '22 - I've binned them.

    Maybe the bill prior to that included April '22 or maybe it didn't, I'm not sure.
    Seems highly unlikely IMHO that there'd have been an eleventh payment in April 2022, when standard practice is to have just one month's payment as an exact odd figure and the other nine being identical rounded ones, but you'd be able to see if there was an eleventh payment from the bank end even if you've binned the council tax bills themselves?
  • RG2015
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    eskbanker said:
    So the bill was settled/collected over ten months then, but May to February in 2022/23 instead of the more conventional April to January that's being used in 2023/24?l
    I started there because I have no records prior to May '22 - I've binned them.

    Maybe the bill prior to that included April '22 or maybe it didn't, I'm not sure.
    I can see all of my council tax records online. I am signed up to paperless but I thought that they still gave you access to these online.
  • B0bbyEwing
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    Interesting, I just registered for online billing to see if it would tell me but it looks like I can't go back (or if I can then I'm missing it).

    Either way, so long as everything seems ok that's the main thing.
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