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Paying council tax

Check your council tax balance

You can register with us to view your council tax account online. This includes information about housing benefit and council tax support if you receive these.

Manage your council tax account online 

Pay online

Pay council tax

Direct debit

Those paying by direct debit have the choice of four payment dates:

  • 1st (standard payment date)
  • 10th
  • 15th
  • 25th

It's your responsibility to ensure payments reach us by the due dates.

If you want to pay later in the month, at the start of the council tax year you should pay April's instalment at the end of March, May's instalment at the end of April and so on. This will ensure your account does not fall into arrears and will prevent recovery action.

Set up a council tax direct debit

For your security we will only discuss details about direct debit payments with individual(s) named as liable on your council tax bill.

BACS

You can pay your council tax by BACS. Please ensure you quote the relevant council reference number in the narrative field. If you are unsure what that is then please contact the relevant department for advice.

Our bank details are as follows:

Sort code: 207438
Account number: 03096750 

Automated telephone payments (24 hour service)

0345 034 8660

You can pay by phone with a credit or debit card 24 hours a day using our automated telephone payments system (calls cost no more than dialling an 01 or 02 number).

Post Office and PayPoint outlet

Pay your council tax in cash or by debit card at any PayPoint outlet or Post Office. To make a payment, all you'll need from us is a bar coded bill/letter or a rent payments card.

Currently the nearest cash payment point to the High Wycombe office is the Post Office in Castle Street.Find your nearest Post Office and PayPoint outlet.

Council tax payments can be made by cash at your bank or building society, using the payment slips provided with your bill. If you have not received payment slips with your bill, please call our Council Tax team on 01494 412 226. Some banks may charge you for this service.

Cheque

Cheques or postal orders should be made payable to "Buckinghamshire Council", unless stated otherwise. Please ensure that you write your name, address and reference number on the back of your cheque before sending it by post to: Buckinghamshire Council, Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 1BB. Alternatively you can put it in the post box in the reception area of our High Wycombe office.

Please do not send cash, debit or credit card details through the post.

If you require a receipt for your payment you will need to include a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your payment.

Pay your council tax at any Post Office branch by cheque. To make a payment, you will need a bar coded bill/letter or a rent payment card. Cheques should be made payable to "Post Office Counters Ltd".

Council tax payments can be made by cheque at your bank or building society, using the payment slips provided with your bill. If you have not received payment slips with your bill, please call our Council Tax team on 01494 412 226. Some banks may charge you for this service.

Monthly payments

All council tax payments are due on the first of each month (unless payment is made by direct debit, in which case you have a choice of four payment dates):

  • 1st
  • 10th
  • 15th
  • 25th

It's your responsibility to ensure payments reach us by the due dates.

If you want to pay later in the month, at the start of the council tax year you should pay April's instalment at the end of March, May's instalment at the end of April and so on. This will ensure your account does not fall into arrears and will prevent recovery action.

Contact information

  • To talk to us about council tax payments:
  • Telephone: 01494 412 226 and select help key 1