Found 6th Feb 2009
I THOUGHT FEBRUARY AND MARCH IT WAS FREE, BUT MY ONLINE BANKING IS SHOWING THAT THE PAYMENTS GOING OUT MONDAY, DOES ANYONE KNOW HAVE THEY CHANGED THE MONTHS OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, THANKS

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i thought it was march april - start again in may??

no idea - but will be watching this closely. didnt know about the tax free months - does this apply to london?

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i think it might be different months depending on where you live, im sure last year it was february and march , will have to try and dig out the council tax bill and find out,.

I always thought it was feb and march too, can you ring/email the council?

feb and march for me

no idea - but will be watching this closely. didnt know about the tax … no idea - but will be watching this closely. didnt know about the tax free months - does this apply to london?



it did when i lived in london 10 years ago, its not free as such its just the direct debit amount is the total devided by 10 and only make 10 payments a year

Feb and March for me too!

feb and march for me as well

pink-ka;4300811

i think it might be different months depending on where you live, im sure … i think it might be different months depending on where you live, im sure last year it was february and march , will have to try and dig out the council tax bill and find out,.




your right it does depend on where you live

February and March are the usual so-called free months. I always pay online rather than through Direct Debit because I like to be in control

my payment 'free' months are February & March but don't forget you probably pay by direct debit, therefore you give authority for the Council to take payment each month therefore your bank is expecting a payment to go out. In practice the council have to ask your bank for payment and obviously for these 2 months that will not happen, then in April it will kick in again.
Don't forget these are not really free months, because you have paid the years council tax in 10 months there is no more to pay!

The Fox;4301020

my payment 'free' months are February & March but don't forget you … my payment 'free' months are February & March but don't forget you probably pay by direct debit, therefore you give authority for the Council to take payment each month therefore your bank is expecting a payment to go out. In practice the council have to ask your bank for payment and obviously for these 2 months that will not happen, then in April it will kick in again.Don't forget these are not really free months, because you have paid the years council tax in 10 months there is no more to pay!



i agree it's worth checking with your bank x x :thumbsup:

Some Councils spread the payment over 12 months rather than 10

Feb and March free for me

Predikuesi;4300934

February and March are the usual so-called free months. I always pay … February and March are the usual so-called free months. I always pay online rather than through Direct Debit because I like to be in control



Ditto as my council are thieving scum at the best of times :x

mine went out this Feb, when we moved in we our first payment was May so we end up have March & April off. I did phone and check and the woman at the council said it was a little strange but happens time to time. I checked back through my statements and Feb was was 10th payment since last May so shouldn't be paying the next two. I'd recommend going thorugh your previous statements

These are not "free" months. The whole year's amount is being paid over 10 months.
What I usually do is set up a Standing Order online. That way you state what the first and last payment dates are and there are no "accidental" payments (which can possibly happen with DDs). :thumbsup:

LB of Lewisham calculates the year over 10 months. I'll get an invoice in March stating the new payments from April.

Yeah Feb & March for me too but I always ring up and defer Nov & Dec payments till Feb and March so I Have a bit of extra cash for xmas.;-)

Winkie;4302447

Yeah Feb & March for me too but I always ring up and defer Nov & Dec … Yeah Feb & March for me too but I always ring up and defer Nov & Dec payments till Feb and March so I Have a bit of extra cash for xmas.;-)



What a nice Coucil you have. Mine sent me to court when I forget to pay then on time for the second time in the year.
I once asked to defer Dec payment and was told that my income covers life expenses and CT is one of them. Cheeky b*stards

North Lanarkshire here, feb and march also

Winkie;4302447

Yeah Feb & March for me too but I always ring up and defer Nov & Dec … Yeah Feb & March for me too but I always ring up and defer Nov & Dec payments till Feb and March so I Have a bit of extra cash for xmas.;-)



Didnt think you could do this. Is it not then classed as late payment. With our council if you are late at all i think you have to pay the remainder of the years tax in full immediately.

if you are broke (like me) there is always an option to pay the full amount over twelve months if you ask them to do it. Then the amounts will be smaller every month. But generally this only happens if you request it.

thats why councils go to Iceland

dmissy13;4300850

feb and march for meit did when i lived in london 10 years ago, its not … feb and march for meit did when i lived in london 10 years ago, its not free as such its just the direct debit amount is the total devided by 10 and only make 10 payments a year



but that sounds like the same to me. just pay more each of the 10 months rather than stretched 12 months. or am i not getting this? ;-)

no month is free you just pay more over the other 10 months to cover it

here in burnley you can choose to do it either by 10 months or 12months i do it 12 months my dad does it 10 months and doesnt pay anything feb and march but his monthly payments are obviously more than mine :oops:

shibi din;4301546

[COLOR="Red"]These are not "free" months. The whole year's amount is … [COLOR="Red"]These are not "free" months. The whole year's amount is being paid over 10 months.[/COLOR]What I usually do is set up a Standing Order online. That way you state what the first and last payment dates are and there are no "accidental" payments (which can possibly happen with DDs). :thumbsup:



well said :thumbsup:

lol @ those thinking they are free months

kippy;4307719

but that sounds like the same to me. just pay more each of the 10 months … but that sounds like the same to me. just pay more each of the 10 months rather than stretched 12 months. or am i not getting this? ;-)



you got it :thumbsup:

Shelby25;4304246

What a nice Coucil you have. Mine sent me to court when I forget to pay … What a nice Coucil you have. Mine sent me to court when I forget to pay then on time for the second time in the year. I once asked to defer Dec payment and was told that my income covers life expenses and CT is one of them. Cheeky b*stards



mine's the same April's payment is due by the first of April, not the thirtieth. they don't get the payment cards out until about the twentieth so if you don't pay April's until the second of May they will send you a final notice of summons for the whole year's payment automatically because you're 2 months in arrears 2 weeks after you get the payment details

Shelby25;4304246

What a nice Coucil you have. Mine sent me to court when I forget to pay … What a nice Coucil you have. Mine sent me to court when I forget to pay then on time for the second time in the year. I once asked to defer Dec payment and was told that my income covers life expenses and CT is one of them. Cheeky b*stards



Wouldn't say I have a nice council but I've been doing this for at least 10 years and never been a problem. I just phone up in oct and make new arrangement, they then send me a new payment slip. Never been in arrears so maybe this helps. :-D

Mine are Feb & March but it depends on when you moved in - we moved in a year last August so got no free months last financial year - the council divided the bill by the number of months remaining in the financial year as we moved in part way through it. Best thing to do is hunt out your bill, or call them to clear things up
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