Why has the bill increased for 2020-21?
For 2020/21 the Council Tax charge for Wirral has increased by 4%. This is a combination of the increase on the charges for Wirral council services of 1.99% (rounded to 2%) and a 2% Wirral Adult Social Care charge as shown on your Council Tax bill.
More information and a detailed explanation of Wirral’s 2020/21 Council Tax charge is available at www.wirral.gov.uk/ctax2020
The cumulative annual Council Tax charge for 2020/21 of 4% also includes a Liverpool City Region Mayoral Precept (the charge remains the same as 2019/20) and a % increase for the Fire and Police.
What is the Council Tax charge for empty properties?
Full Council Tax is payable on empty properties. An additional amount of Council Tax (a Premium) is charged when a property has been empty and unfurnished between 2 to 5 years and from 1 April 2020, the premium % increases for properties unoccupied and unfurnished for 5 years or more. regardless of a change in ownership.
From 1 April 2020:
- maximum of 100% premium - empty between 2-5 years (200% payable)
- maximum of 200% premium - empty at least 5 years (300% payable)
Exemptions may be applicable for some unoccupied properties. More information is available at www.wirral.gov.uk/counciltax . If you bring a long term empty property back into use please contact us. .
Can I view my Council Tax account online?
Take control and save time and effort by registering to manage your Council Tax, Business Rates and Benefits online:
- view paperless bills and correspondence
- view your Housing Benefit or Council Tax Support details
- landlords view Housing Benefit payments due to you
- view your Business Rates details and how they are calculated
- set up a Direct Debit for Council Tax or Business Rates
Make sure you have your email address and your Council Tax account reference number - found on the Council Tax bill.
If you don’t have access to the internet at home for web and email, our libraries and one stop shops will be able to help you access a computer.
How can I change to paperless billing?
To receive your Council Tax bill electronically, you can to create an online account and register for paperless billing.
I get paid at the end of the month, so why can’t I pay then?
If you pay by direct debit you can choose a payment date of 5th, 12th, 20th or 28th of each month.
Set up a Direct Debit for your Council Tax
You need to allow 14 days’ notice for the first payment to be taken. You are protected by the Direct Debit guarantee
Payments by any other method are due on the 6th of each month, starting on 6 April. If you want to pay at the end of the month, we suggest that you make your first payment at the end of March, which would mean that your payment would be paid by the instalment date of 6 April and so on.
How can I change my Direct Debit details?
If you are a current Direct Debit payer you can change your details online. Have your Council Tax account number and bank details ready.
Are there any ways to reduce my Council Tax bill?
There are a number of ways your Council Tax bill may be reduced. These are depend on your circumstances or those of people who live with you.
What is the Council Tax Support scheme and how can I apply?
Council Tax Support is designed to help people on certain Department for Work and Pensions benefits, or who have low paid jobs or a low income. You can claim whether you are working, self-employed, unemployed or retired.
You will need to apply for Council Tax Support in order to receive it. If you already receive Universal Credit or want to make a claim, then you will need to make a separate claim direct to Wirral Council for Council Tax Support.
You must carry on paying your Council Tax while your application is being considered. If your application is successful, you will be sent a revised bill.
What happens if I don’t pay as requested?
If payment is not made as requested on your bill, a reminder notice will be sent to you. You will lose the right to pay by instalments if payment continues to be made late or not at all. A summons will be issued if any further payment is not paid as required, and this will incur costs that you are legally liable to pay.
Please note that our recovery procedures are prompt. If you are having genuine difficulty meeting your payments, please contact us as soon as possible. The sooner you get in touch, the quicker we can try to resolve your difficulties.
How do I report a change in circumstances?
You must tell us about any changes that would affect the amount of Council Tax you have to pay.
You can report the following changes online:
- apply for a Council Tax Discount or Exemption
- changes to the people who live with you which may affect your entitlement to a discount or
- exemption, including when a child has turned 18
- change of address
- change in property ownership – email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
- change of Name – email the details to email@example.com
- change of Billing Address – email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also tell us about your changes by phone, email to email@example.com, letter or by visiting a One Stop Shop.
I am a landlord or owner. Do I need to tell you if a property I own becomes tenanted?
Yes, you will need to tell us:
- whether the property is rented furnished or unfurnished
- the names of all tenants moving into or out of the property
- the tenants previous and forwarding addresses and contact number (if unknown we may need to request proof of their tenancy if we are not able to confirm residency)
- whether there is more than one tenant, and if so, whether they hold a joint or separate tenancy
Can I pay over 12 instalments?
You can make a request to pay your Council Tax in 12 monthly payments or change from 12 to 10 instalments.
If you do this after your bill has been issued, your instalments will be equally divided by the number of whole months left in the financial year (1 April to 31 March). A new notice will be issued with revised instalments.