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Council Tax payments

This page tells you the different ways you can pay your Council Tax .

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax we can help you.  For more information see the related page What if you can't pay your Council Tax? .

Annual bills are sent out in March and you can choose to pay in one lump sum, half-yearly, or 10 monthly instalments from April to January. These instalments are due on the 10th of each month -  this means that payments need to reach your Council Tax account by this date.

The easiest way to pay your Council Tax is by Direct Debit.  
Setting up a Direct Debit 

 If you choose to pay by Direct Debit you have a choice of three dates, either the 10th, the 20th, or the last day of the month, and you can choose to pay your annual Council Tax over 12 months rather than 10. You can set up a Direct Debit online by using Top Tasks. You will need your Council Tax reference number and bank account details. 

You can also set up a Direct Debit by:

  • downloading the Direct Debit instruction from the Documents section 
  • phoning us with your bank account details and Council Tax reference number.
What happens next?


We will send you a Direct Debit confirmation letter at least 10 days before your first payment is due. Then each month on the due date we will ask for payment direct from your bank account.

Other ways to pay 

By Standing Order, telephone banking or online banking 

Make payments to: NatWest, Head Office Collection Account No 00000000, sort code 57-12-72. Please give your Council Tax account number which you will find on your bill.

By debit card over the telephone - available every day, 24 hours a day
Phone (0113) 395 7100 and follow the easy, step-by-step instructions.

Over the internet - available every day, 24 hours a day
You can pay safely and securely online - go to 'Top tasks' to do this. 

In person
You can pay at any of the following for free - just take your Council Tax bill with you:
A Post Office - by cash, debit card or cheque (payable to Post Office Ltd).
Paypoint outlets – by cash only. 
Payzone outlets – by cash or debit card.

More information on other online Council Tax services such as registering for e-billing can be found on the Council Tax online services related page.​​​​

What if I am struggling to pay my Council Tax?

If you are struggling to pay your Council Tax contact us as soon as possible. For more information see the related page What if I cannot pay my Council Tax. There is also help available on loans, money and debt advice on the Money Information Centre website under External links​.

What happens if I don't pay my Council Tax on time?

Council Tax regulations set out the actions we will take if you do not pay your Council Tax instalments on time. For more information see the related page 'What happens if you don't pay'.

What if I have recently changed address?

If you have recently changed address you need to let us know so that we can send you a correct bill. You can do this using the change of address form below​:

Change of address online form

I think I've overpaid my Council Tax. What should I do?

​If you think this is the case, please use the Contact us section on this page. Be sure to include your name, full previous/current address and council tax account number (if you have it). We will need to check whether or not you have actually overpaid and establish the best method of refund.

Please note that if you have already submitted a change of address form and provided a forwarding address outside of Leeds we will automatically grant a refund if there is a credit on your account. We will write to you to confirm this once it has been processed.

Why do I pay more Council Tax than my neighbour/friend/relative?

There are a number of reasons why you may have different amounts to pay:

-your property’s band may be higher
-they may be receiving a discount or reduction for disabilities
-they may have been granted Second Adult Rebate or Council Tax Support
-they may have moved in part way through the financial year so they are not paying for the full year.

Because of the Data Protection Act we cannot discuss someone else's bill with you.​