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Council Tax

Council Tax is a form of local taxation. It is a means of raising money which is used to help pay for the services the Council provides.

These services include social services, libraries, street lighting, refuse collection, education, leisure services, etc.

All homes are subject to Council Tax, these include flats and houses, whether rented or owned and whether lived in or not, based on a Council Tax Band assigned by the Valuation Office.

For more information see the latest SMBC Guide to your Council Tax 2014/15 (PDF 305kb)

Download our Explanatory Notes document (PDF 131Kb) for  further information about Council Tax, Discounts, Exemptions, Council Tax Support, and how to appeal to the Valuation Office Agency about the Council Tax band your property.

How to Pay Council Tax

Information on the different methods you can use to pay your Council Tax.

Access Your Account Details Online

View your account history and details on-line and find out how to contact us.

Annual Single Person Discount Review

If you claim a Single Person Discount, we are required to review that you still live alone.

Difficulties Paying Your Bill

Information on the help available and what happens if you fail to pay your bill.

Changes in Your Household

Information on when to tell us about a change in your circumstances.

Latest Council Tax News

Keep up to date with all the latest news from the Council Tax Department.

Tax Bands & Appeals

Information on Council Tax Bands and how to make an appeal.

Council Tax Forms

On-line and printable Council Tax Forms

Help and Support

Information on the help and support available for those claiming Council Tax Support.

Data Protection - Privacy Notice

Information about how we use your personal data for Council Tax purposes.

How to Reduce Your Bill

Details on benefits, discounts, disregards to reduce your Council Tax bill.

How your Council Tax is Calculated & Spent

Information about how your Council Tax is calculated and spent.

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