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Pay Council Tax by Direct Debit

The easiest and most reliable way to pay your Council Tax is to set up a Direct Debit. You can do it online using your Council Tax account.

A help guide is available which shows you how to set up a Direct Debit.

We have a flexible approach to Direct Debits and offer a range of payment dates to suit your circumstances.

Why should I pay by Direct Debit?

It's easy to set up


Just go to your Council Tax account and enter your details.

A step by step guide is available for those who haven't used the system before.

It spreads the cost


Paying your Council Tax by Direct Debit allows you to spread costs over 12 months.

It's guaranteed


Direct Debit payments come with a guarantee so you're automatically protected by three important safeguards:

  • an immediate money back guarantee from your bank in the event of an error in the payment of your Direct Debit
  • advance notice if the date or amount changes
  • the right to cancel at any time

It saves you time


Modern life is hectic - but Direct Debit helps. It takes away most of the hassle associated with paying your Council Tax and puts an end to you needing to queue or ring up.

It's flexible


We now offer an extended range of dates throughout the calendar month for monthly payers. The dates you can make your payments are:

  • 1st of the month
  • 5th of the month
  • 10th of the month
  • 17th of the month
  • 21st of the month
  • 30th of the month

For weekly or fortnightly payers you can make your payment on a Friday.

It gives you peace of mind


Direct Debit is one of the safest and most reassuring ways of paying your Council Tax.

Payments are made automatically, so they're never forgotten, lost in the post, or delayed by postal problems, and there's no risk of you getting recovery notices.

The Direct Debit Guarantee protects you and your money. It's offered by all banks and building societies that take part in the scheme.

It's popular


Over 30,000 Council Tax customers in Middlesbrough already pay this way.