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Council is owed nearly £1m in tax

Broxtowe Borough Council HQ

Broxtowe Borough Council HQ

Hundreds of thousands of pounds is owed to Broxtowe Borough Council in outstanding council-tax payments, new figures have revealed.

The local authority was owed £934,554, nearly £1 million, in unpaid council tax at the end of the 2013/2014 tax year.

Figures uncovered by the Advertiser in a Freedom of Information Act (FOI) request also show that the council had to send out 11,771 reminders, 2,684 final notices and 5802 summonses in between April 2013 to March 2014.

In 2007/08 the council was owed £1,321 in outstanding council tax payments and the number has since risen to the near seven-figure sum, despite the authority having maintained a 98 percent collection rate since 2006/07.

Councillor David Watts, portfolio holder for resources at Broxtowe Borough Council, said that the authority’s collection rate is higher than the national average.

He added: “The vast majority of council-tax payers pay their bills on time and the council recovers around 99.5% of the council tax that is billed.

“Not all the bills are issued at the same time because people move house etc and this can mean that some council tax is still outstanding at the year end that is not technically overdue.

“Broxtowe Borough Council uses all means at its disposal to recover the debts and our in-year collection rates are extremely high.”

John O’Connel, director at the Taxpayers Alliance, said: “Councils need to look at making it easier for people to pay tax by doing everything they can to lower council tax and reduce the burden on hard working people.”

 

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