Council tax helps pay for local services like policing and domestic rubbish collection. Council tax applies to all domestic properties, including houses, bungalows, flats, maisonettes, mobile homes and houseboats, whether owned or rented.
The City of London Corporation is responsible for setting the council tax and ensuring collection of council tax within the area of central London known as the “Square Mile”.
Council tax amounts 1 April 2013 to 31 March 2014
Each year the City of London Corporation sets the maximum council tax amount payable for each band. The council tax amounts for the next financial year are set out in the table below:
2013/14 council tax amounts
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In April each year you will be sent an annual council tax bill detailing the council tax amount due for the full financial year 1 April to 31 March next.
Council tax leaflets for 2013/14
Council tax and non-domestic rate booklet 2013-2014 (600kb)
Council tax explanatory notes 2013-2014 (158 kb)
Greater London Authority council tax information 2013-2014 (40 kb)
How your bill is calculated
A ‘full’ council tax bill is based on two or more adults living in a household. What you actually pay will depend on your own circumstances. There are many situations where your council tax bill can be reduced, or where you may not have to pay a bill at all.
The amount of council tax you pay will depend on:
Council tax benefit/reduction
To check if you are entitled to help paying your council tax please see the information on our council tax benefit page.
Council tax and data protection
How we will use your information
The information that you provide will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and relevant legislation. This authority has a duty to protect public funds it administers, and may use information held about you for the prevention and detection of fraud and other lawful purposes. This may include, but not be limited to, matching council tax data with electoral registration records. The council will also use the information for the purpose of performing any of its statutory enforcement duties. It will make any disclosures required by law and may also share this information with other bodies responsible for auditing or administering public funds. We will not disclose your personal information to third parties for marketing purposes.
National Fraud Initiative
The National Fraud Initiative (NFI) is the Audit Commission’s data matching exercise that tackles a broad range of fraud risks faced by the public sector. This means the Audit Commission is to cross check claims for council tax single occupier discount against other databases held by them. For more information please go to the Audit Commission Website.
Warning - council tax scams
There is a council tax scam operating nationally where bogus callers are telephoning residents purporting to be from the council. Sometimes they say that they are ringing about a council tax rebate. The caller knows the council tax payer's name and address and pretends to know the bank account details. He/she then attempts to obtain full bank account details from the resident. These personal details can be sold on or misused, and unauthorised withdrawals are taken from bank accounts.
Do not give your bank details or make payment to anyone who calls you out of the blue.
The City of London Corporation does not contact residents over the phone to arrange council tax rebates and never requests personal bank details except when a resident phones the City to discuss payments of their council tax bills.