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What happens if I don't pay my non domestic rates? 

 

Recovery

 

Each year we issue you with a bill which tells you how much you need to pay and when. This is known as your instalment plan.

 

You need to pay your bill on, or before, the dates shown on your annual bill.

 

If you’re struggling to pay your non domestic rates, then please let us know as soon as you can and we might be able to help you. Call us on 01902 696669 or email us at taxation@sstaffs.gov.uk.

 

If you don’t pay enough, pay late or miss an instalment completely, you will get a reminder notice giving you seven working days to pay the missing amount. If you bring your account up to date, then we won’t need to take any further action.

 

What happens if I don't pay the amount as stated on the reminder notice?

 

You need to pay the amount stated on the reminder within seven days so that your account is up to date.
 
We only issue two reminders in each financial year so if you don’t keep your account up to date or if you keep missing your instalments then we could take away your right to pay your bill in instalments. This means you would have to pay all of your balance in one go.

If you still don’t pay then legal proceedings will be commenced.

 

Special payment arrangement

 

If you would like to make a special payment arrangement to clear the debt at this stage then you need to call us as soon as you can on 01902 696669 or email us at taxation@sstaffs.gov.uk. Whilst the arrangement is in place and you pay on time, no further recovery action will be taken. If you default on your arrangement, we will look to take further action.

 

What happens next?

 

If the sum due is not paid in full you will receive a summons to the Magistrates Court and costs of £48.00 will be added to your account. Unless the summons has been incorrectly served we will not normally withdraw it.

 

At the Magistrates Court (which you have a right to attend) South Staffordshire Council will apply for a Liability Order, and further costs of £50.00 will be added to the debt. A Liability Order gives the Council the right to take further action to collect any money outstanding. This may be to instruct Enforcement Agents.

 

If a mutually agreed payment arrangement has not been made by this point, South Staffordshire Council will pass the debt to our Enforcement Agents for collection. If you are unable to offer a reasonable payment plan to the Enforcement Agents they have the power to collect the debt by taking control of goods. (Charges will be added to your account)

 

Enforcement Changes Non Domestic Rates

 

With effect from 6th April 2014 the Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014 come into force. The fees, charges and disbursements you may incur are summarised below:- 

Enforcement other than under a High Court Writ

Fee Stage

Fixed Fee

Percentage fee (regulation 7): percentage of sum to be recovered exceeding £1500

Compliance stage

£75.00

0%

Enforcement stage

£235.00

7.5%

Sale or disposal stage

£110.00

7.5%

 

Additional costs and disbursements which you may incur in accordance with these Regulations are:

 

(a) the cost of storing your goods,

(b )the cost of hiring a locksmith to gain access to your premises and/or secure them thereafter

(c) court fees in relation to any applications made by the enforcement agent in relation to the  enforcement power which are granted. .

(d) exceptional disbursements such as a removal/specialist contractor (where sanctioned by the court)

(e) costs of selling your goods

 

 

 

If the Enforcement Agents are unsuccessful in collecting the debt then South Staffordshire Council could commence action to make you bankrupt or your company insolvent. Ultimately if you do not have limited company liability the Council can make an application for you to be committed to prison.

 

Independent Advice

If you are having financial difficulties the Citizens Advice Bureau have money advisers who are available to discuss debt issues.

The National Debt line provides free confidential and independent advice on how to deal with debt problems.

 

Contacts

Business Rates Enquiries Revenues & Benefits
Telephone: (01902) 696664 South Staffordshire Council
Fax: (01902) 696630 Wolverhampton Road
Email: taxation@sstaffs.gov.uk Codsall
  South Staffordshire
  WV8 1PX

 

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