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Which months do you not have to pay council tax?

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MILLIONS of Brits will get a two month break from paying council tax this year.

The amount is usually split across 10 months, leaving a 60-day period without a council tax bill – we explain when to expect the break.

People often split the payments over 10 months - meaning there are two months when you don't have to fork out

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People often split the payments over 10 months – meaning there are two months when you don’t have to fork out

What is council tax?

Council tax is a levy paid to your local authority, to cover the cost of services in your area such as rubbish collections and the upkeep of roads.

The amount you pay depends on which council tax band your home falls under.

The rate of the tax varies across the country as it is set by the local council.

To work out how much your bill will be, you need to find the valuation band for your home.

Then you should look up how much your local council charges for that band.

Some people are eligible for a council tax discount, which will reduce the total amount you have to pay.

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Which months don’t I have to pay council tax?

Most people split their council tax payments over 10 months – meaning there are two months of the year when you don’t have to fork out.

If you pay in 10 monthly instalments, you can look forward to a council tax break in February and March.

However, it’s possible to spread your payments out across the whole year – meaning you’ll make smaller payments each month.

This can help with budgeting, but it does mean you won’t get the two council tax-free months.

If you need to split your payments over 12 months, you should contact your local council.

How can I get a council tax discount?

It’s worth checking whether you’re eligible for a council tax discount.

Some people can even get a full exemption, meaning they don’t have to pay any council tax at all.

For example, students don’t have to pay any council tax.

People living on their own get a 25% discount and some pensioners are completely exempt.

If you’re on a low income you could be entitled to a discount on your bill.

A recent investigation by The Sun showed revealed that households could get thousands of pounds of council tax debt cancelled as local authorities look to clear record levels of arrears.

If you are struggling to pay you should contact your council as soon as possible.

You can apply for a reduction through the Government website.

You’ll need to have your national insurance number, bank statements, a recent payslip or letter from the Jobcentre, and a passport or driving licence to hand.

If there are other adults in the household, you might need the same information for them too.

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