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Council tax - Whyte & Co. want £75 bailiff compliance fee - we'd paid already - trying to pull a fast one?

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Hello!

After some advice please.

Council obtained liability order, which gave them the option of enforcement.

I paid the council tax on 23rd March in full before any further communication was received.

i received a letter on 4th April (dated 2nd April) demanding full amount plus compliance fee of £75

I emailed them advising it had been paid few weeks previous & nothing outstanding. They replied saying the council confirmed this, however, their charge was raised on 22nd March and when was I going to pay it.

 

Can they enforce this fee? Seems strange it was raised and chargeable day before I paid but no letter sent until April!

 

looking for some guidance please.......

 

Thanks in advance

 

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not sure.. you paid it before they ever issued the notice..

who is this..

and a point of note

why are you continually having bailiff CTAX issues... most of your threads are relating to CTAX.

get it paid off as a prority..every year

 


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It’s Whyte & Co.

 

Regrettably we are both self employed and work can be irregular.

 

It was literally the last 2 payments that were due but because of late payment some months lost the right to instalments!

 

I agree......yes, we often struggle with essential bills, but to be fair we did really well this year to almost keep on top of it!

 

Thank you got you advice...

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Also, to be fair we believed we were paying before we had any issues with a bailiff!

 

This was their reply today.....

 

” When the accounts come onto our system, you incur the compliance stage fee of £75. This is the legislated fee that will not be removed therefore, your outstanding balance is £75 that remains due and payable.”

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had time to research now as I remembered reading something..

 

 


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I suspect that the issue here is that the enforcement agents can easily have received instruction prior to 23 March, even by the 1 day, even though they didn't issue the letter until later - the £75 is due at the point of instruction but there's nothing to say the notice of enforcement (which gives 7 days warning that they can come and seize goods) has to be issued immediately. In effect they can sit on an account from instruction and the £75 is still due.

 

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