I am openly on the record saying that I have happily refused to pay Council Tax successfully for the last 3 years.
I know many of you will have been blindly paying this illegal tax for years, mostly through fear of prosecution or “jail” as they put on the back of those letters in big red ink to scare you into giving them money every month, but do not fear, this is what they want.
What happens if you miss a payment even if it is £10 short? Well, the council then demand all payment for the rest of the year IN FULL, otherwise they will send bully bailiffs around who will add on 200-300% more in fees onto the alleged debt or steal your property. Can anyone see how this is counter productive to someone who may be struggling to pay as it is?
It is exactly these bullying tactics that made me decide I was not going to pay them, and once I found out exactly where the council tax money was going and that 30% of council tax goes on gold plated pensions for senior executives, it made it a very easy decision and one that I would happily go to “jail” for.
My story with council tax was a very long winded one, I had been paying like a good compliant sheep without really thinking as to why I was paying for it, and being a single occupant never questioned why I would only get a 25% instead of a 75% reduction compared to a family of four, until one day I decided to cancel the direct debit and see what happened…
Within 3 days of my missed payment I received a letter stating that I would have to pay the full balance in full otherwise a summons would be issued to the local magistrates court where a Liability Order would be granted and bailiffs would be sent around to recover the money, sounds scary right? Well, not for me..
I responded by sending a letter off to the council stating that I am not refusing to pay council tax, but as I am paying for a service I wanted a full breakdown as to how the figure of £80 a month was being calculated, and an accurate accounting of the disbursement of Council Tax contributions or detailed accounts relating to Council tax disbursements, including but not limited to; Pension Schemes, Expense Accounts, Training Courses, EU Contributions and dividends and/or losses from investment accounts?
A reasonable request I thought considering they want money from me and all I want is full disclosure as to where my money was being used? If I go to a restaurant they give me a bill showing everything I have ordered and a breakdown of costs, why can’t the council do the same?
Inevitably, all my requests for clarification were ignored by the council showing blatant contempt, and within a few more days I was sent my “summons” to court. Ooh, now i’m getting scared!
The summons itself is a scary looking document for those that don’t realise it is basically a fake. According to the Justices Act;
“A summons may be issued by a justice, the justices’ clerk or a
member of the clerks staff with delegated powers contained in the
Justice Clerk Rules 1999 (Statutory Instrument 1999/2784). Para 1 –
37 of the Schedule to these rules specifies the actions the
Justice’s clerk has been authorised to carry out.”
What actually transpires with a little bit of digging, is that the council themselves are printing the summons out making them look like they have come from the court, which is basically fraud and perjury under the 1911 Perjury Act. When you go even deeper into investigating Council Tax, the Council actually hire a room in the Court for a ‘bulk hearing’ . The room is not part of the Court, as the Court are not involved (apart from financially). If you ever receive a summons, call up the court directly and check the time in which you have been booked I, they will have no record of you if you need proof.
Having studied various methods of avoiding council tax online prior to getting to this stage, the best method moving forward is to just not go to court, it’s a sham and they have ways of tricking you into making an arrangement, so thats what I did until I received another letter in the post saying a “Liability Order” has been granted and they would now commence recovery proceedings.
The problem with the Council’s fast track method of avoiding due-process is that they now have to lie even more as they are in too deep. I requested a copy of this Liability Order from the Council and guess what, they ignored all requests, in-fact, a Liability Order does not even exist, because the hearing of the case did not take place in a real court.
The next stage of the process is the bailiffs, who’s only methods of extracting money from people is by using fear, they make you think that they have powers that they don’t have when in-fact they have just as much power as a postman.
The most important thing is to simply avoid all contact with them, lock your doors and never engage with them. They will eventually go away and pass it back to the council, who will then sell it onto another debt recovery firm to repeat the process. Eventually the council will start sending further threats such as attachment of earnings etc but all you need to do to any correspondence they send you is write; “addressee unknown – return to sender” on any letters they send and it will eventually go away, until they start resending bills to “The Occupier” which is the best position to be in.
I don’t feel guilty about not paying Council Tax, if the Council had acted fairly without arrogance and contempt of the law, I would have happily paid them, but I am not going to bullied by a private corporation who refuse to be transparent and take 30% of all council tax just for pensions and threaten me with prison for not paying them. They can fuck off! If you are going to use this method, you do need to understand your rights, as this can be a long drawn out process until it goes away, you need to be confident in how to deal with these people so check out websites like www.getoutofdebtfree.org and research it, before you take your first step in being free 🙂