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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 2020/21

Precept

In this area, a 'precept' is a charge collected on behalf of Dover District Council, Kent County Council, The Police and Crime Commissioner for Kent, Kent and Medway Fire and Rescue Authority and our parish councils.

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

Changes to Council Tax Support

From April 2020, we have made some changes to the Council Tax Support scheme for people of working age. We have replaced the previous scheme with a new, simple income-banded scheme that awards a discount of between 30% to 90% of the Council Tax depending on household income and family circumstances. Find out more about the new scheme

Premiums for my 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 2020, the following premiums apply:

  • for properties that have been empty and substantially unfurnished for two years, but less than five years, the premium remains set at 100%
  • for properties that have been empty and substantially unfurnished for five years or more, the premium will increase to 200%.

Find out more about the long-term empty premium

Kent County Council’s offer to care leavers

If you’re leaving care to become independent and you’re aged between 16 and 21, Kent County Council may be able to help support you through their local offer.  If you have left care, and Kent County Council has appointed you a personal adviser, please pass your Council Tax bill to them to arrange payment.

You can find out more on the Kent County Council website

If you disagree with your Council Tax bill

Please see the appeals and disputes page for information about how to appeal and what you can appeal against.

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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