Last updated: 28th of February 2016
This is a compulsory tax, It doesn’t matter whether you have a tv or radio. All homes are required to pay. The tax needs to be paid per home. So residents of a WG typically split the cost of the tax.
My flatmate paid, but I’m still getting sent a bill …
Only one person per household has to pay. If somebody living at same address as you is already paying, you need to send them back the payers customer code. Instructions regarding this should be in the letter you received.
What happens if you don’t pay
Long story short: lawyer notice and court call will be on the way. You must pay this tax if you are obligated to do so. They do allow you to pay in installments.
They offer options to pay in monthly, three monthly, six monthly or year installments.
You may choose to pay by direct bank debit or directly depositing into their accounts.
Credit/debit card payments are not accepted.
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