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There are several ways people can pay council tax bills.  For example payments can be made by direct debit, standing order, over the phone, by post using cheques or postal orders, or over the counter at council offices and post offices. Facilities may also be available for paying at convenience stores, banks and newsagents, and councils can often let people make payments online using the internet.  Council tax bills can be paid over ten instalments and if an instalment is not paid when it is due, a reminder notice will be issued asking people to pay within seven days, and if this is not paid the right to use instalments is withdrawn and the full year’s payment has to be made. The full outstanding payment will also have to be made if a person is issued with a second reminder and falls behind with paying their council tax bills again. If a person is sent three reminders in the same financial year for late payments then the right to pay by instalments is withdrawn. Councils only need to send two reminders in the same year before the person concerned loses the right to pay by means of instalments.  If a third reminder is sent then the full, outstanding balance is payable.  People who think they may have difficulties in paying should notify their local council as soon as they can.  They may be eligible for benefits or discounts and the authority might be able to arrange a payment schedule.  More information on this can be obtained from local council offices.  Citizens Advice Bureaux may also be able to provide information. There will be one council tax bill for each dwelling and the responsibility for paying will be on the person or persons whose name is on the bill.  This will usually be the person or people living in the home.  Married couples and partners living with each other are jointly responsible for paying.



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