Your Council Tax Bill Explained

What's on the front page?

Shown below is the front page of a Lincoln Council Tax Bill

Front page of Lincoln Council Tax Bill


Each section on the first page of a Council Tax Bill has a number. The numbers match up to a description in the table below. 

Number Description
1 The logo of the Local Authority that issued your bill 
2 The name and address that this bill is sent to – this should have two or more names if you are jointly and severally liable for the council tax
3 The year that this bill relates to 
4 Our correspondence address
5 Other ways to contact the council including email and phone calls
6 The reference number for your account at this address. If you contact the council, it would be a great help if you could quote this number. This helps us identify your account quickly and ensures that we are not breaching data protection rules
7 This explains why you have had a bill – this may be your annual bill, or a new occupier, or a closing account because you have moved address
8 This shows the address that the council tax is for if it is different to the address that is shown in (2) above
9 This is the Valuation Band of your property. This is assessed by the Valuation Office and if you dispute this you should contact the valuation office directly – you must continue to pay your council tax bill even if you dispute the banding value
10 This is a reference number of your property. This is the number that the Council will use when dealing with the Valuation Office. So if you are disputing your band with the Valuation Office, this is the number that they will need from you
11 These are the charges for each of the organisations shown. These organisations are called the precepting authorities. You pay all your council tax to the City of Lincoln Council and we distribute the council tax to the precepting authorities as shown on your bill. This also shows you how much your charge has changed since last year for each of the precepting authorities 
12 This is the total charge for a property in this Band for the year. This is not necessarily how much you will have to pay – see (13) 
13 This is the body of your bill. Here you will see any discounts, exemptions, or council tax support that you are entitled to. This will show the amount of the credit and the dates that this is for. Occasionally we will review these discounts to see if you are still entitled to receive them
14 This is the remaining amount that you must pay once the discounts, exemptions or council tax support have been taken off
15 You must tell the Council within 21 days if you are no longer entitled to a discount, exemption, or council tax support. If you do not, you may have to pay a penalty of £70.00 and in some cases you might be prosecuted for not letting us know
16 This tells you how you should pay. If you do not pay by direct debit, this will just show as a cash payment. Direct debit is the easiest way to pay, and this can be set up over the phone. Direct debit dates are monthly, and you can have 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd or 29th
17 This is a space for a message. This is often about whether there is a brought forward credit or debit or tells you if there is a liability order from the court on an unpaid debt

This is your instalment plan. On your annual bill sent in March, your first instalment would be in April and your last would be in January.

You can have this from April to March, but you will need to request this.  

If you move into a property after April, your instalment plan will start at least 14 days after the date on your bill and this will automatically end in February unless you ask for it to end in March. 

If you have any difficulty reading the information on this page please download a printable version.

How to request this information in an alternative format

If you require this information in an alternative format, or if you have a question, please contact customer services for support: