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        Your Council Tax bill explained

        The Council Tax you pay goes towards local services such as policing, fire services, education, parks and household rubbish collections.

        The amount you pay depends on the area that you live in and which property band your home is given. Your bill will be adjusted if you qualify for any of the Council Tax discounts or exemptions, or if you qualify for help with your Council Tax because you have a low income.

        Council Tax charges 2019/20

        Precept

        In this area, a ‘precept’ is a charge collected on behalf of Thanet District Council, Kent County Council, The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority and our parish councils, town councils and charter trustees.

        We collect the Council Tax on behalf of all these authorities. Find out more about where your Council Tax goes

        Information from other authorities who deliver services in your area:

        The adult social care precept

        The adult social care precept is an amount charged by Kent County Council to help fund adult social care. More about the adult social care precept

        Paying by Direct Debit

        Please check the box on your bill where it says how much each instalment is; it tells you how you are due to pay. If it tells you that the instalments are collected by Direct Debit you don’t need to do anything as we will automatically change your payments to make sure the right amount is taken.

        If you don’t currently pay by Direct Debit and you would like to, please fill in and return the Direct Debit form sent to you with your Council Tax bill.

        Premiums for empty properties

        An additional amount of Council Tax (a ‘premium’) is charged when a property has been empty for two years or more. From 1 April 2019, the premium is set at 100%. Find out more about the long-term empty premium.

        If you disagree with your Council Tax bill

        If you appeal against your Council Tax, you must continue with your regular payments until your appeal has been dealt with.

        If you don’t pay your Council Tax

        The Council Tax is a priority bill that must be paid by everyone who is liable.

        If Council Tax is not paid as and when it is due, we will take recovery action which could mean costs being added to your account.

        Further information

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