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Failing to pay business rates

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What if I don't pay my business rates?

If you don't pay the amount you owe within seven days of your payment due date, we'll send you a further notice. This notice will tell you the date you must make a payment by to prevent any further recovery action being taken.

You'll need to pay your next due instalment on its due date as per your last bill.

What if I don't pay after I get a further notice?

If you don't pay by the due date on your further notice, we'll send you a summons which will ask you to pay the full year's business rates charge. The summons will be sent seven days after the due date on your further notice.

Additional costs will be added to your account.

What if I don't pay after I get a summons?

If you receive a summons and you can't pay the balance in full, we can arrange repayments which suit your financial circumstances. To discuss this, please contact Revenues and Benefits Services on 01642 726006.

Having trouble getting through? Our busiest time for phone calls is between 10am and 4pm. If you're able to call between 8am and 10am, or 4pm to 5pm, our lines are less busy and you'll usually get a quicker response.

If you still don't pay, we can:

  • pass your case to an enforcement agent (a bailiff)
  • start bankruptcy/winding up proceedings
  • start proceedings to commit you to prison

If you still don't pay, you risk a prison sentence.

You can avoid all this by contacting Revenues and Benefits Services now on 01642 726006 and making an arrangement to pay.