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Six thousand fail to pay council tax on time
8:00pm Sunday 3rd March 2013 in News
HEREFORDSHIRE Council issued more than 6,000 summonses for late payment of council tax during the last financial year.
The figures – obtained by the Hereford Times in a Freedom of Information (FOI) request – revealed a total 6,151 taxpayers did not pay their council tax on time and were issued a court summons.
As a result, 5,008 liability orders were granted at the magistrates’ court for those who had not paid all – but may have paid some – of their council tax.
In April 2011 there were 81,608 properties on the council tax banding list, this increased to 82,027 in March 2012.
The council stated that the number of people who have to pay council tax does not remain constant throughout the year because of the impact of benefits, discounts and reductions.
On average, around 2,000 properties are subject to an exemption at any time during the year.
In the current financial year, there are on average 10,000 taxpayers who receive full council tax benefit.
These figures come after the council last week voted unanimously for a 1.9 per cent council tax rise.