Council Tax by Credit Card - = cash?

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My local council accepts payment by CC. Does anyone know whether this would count as a cash payment by a CC company or whether it is treated as a normal merchant spend?
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  • jimbo26
    jimbo26 Posts: 954 Forumite
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    I'd like to know this as well. My local council gives a discount for up front payment. So if I paid on a cc with 0% purchase interest I could save myself a bit of dosh.
  • calibrax
    calibrax Posts: 385 Forumite
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    I often pay mine via credit card using the council's online payment service (Medway council). Have paid via both Egg and Capital One, and every time it's been treated as a normal purchase, not cash.
  • jimbo26
    jimbo26 Posts: 954 Forumite
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    Thanks for that.
  • sicker
    sicker Posts: 1,370 Forumite
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    Lucky you, I wish Edinburgh council would accept credit card payments but no chance. Hope yours don't change thier mind.

    John
  • Biggles
    Biggles Posts: 8,209 Forumite
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    Mine used to, but stopped a few years ago, shame.

    It always went through as a normal purchase - no reason why it wouldn't, really.
  • LittleVoice
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    Thinking logically - I suppose Council Tax isn't like a gift voucher or betting, is it? (Better not give them ideas about another way of getting interest out of us.)
  • chappers
    chappers Posts: 2,988 Forumite
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    my Council charge a 1.5% fee for paying by credit card though
  • LittleVoice
    LittleVoice Posts: 8,974 Forumite
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    chappers wrote: »
    my Council charge a 1.5% fee for paying by credit card though

    There's no mention of that on my council website but I wouldn't be surprised. As use of a CC is available only via telephone, I'll be able to ask before paying.
  • Stephen_Leak
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    sicker wrote: »
    Lucky you, I wish Edinburgh council would accept credit card payments but no chance. Hope yours don't change thier mind.

    John

    Or realise how much accepting CC payments is costing them. See post 8. Edinburgh are probably more switched onto this than others: you know what us Scots are like with money.
    The acquisition of wealth is no longer the driving force in my life. :)
  • chappers
    chappers Posts: 2,988 Forumite
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    There's no mention of that on my council website but I wouldn't be surprised. As use of a CC is available only via telephone, I'll be able to ask before paying.
    If it's the same as my council thenthey do that for security reasons and it tells you what they charge on the phone line.
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