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Council tax and your information

What information do we need?

To help us identify who is liable to pay the Council Tax, we can request information, including your name and address (contact phone number and/or email if you choose to provide this), the address of the property subject to the Council Tax, owner and/or tenant details.

We may also request information relevant to the award of discounts and exemptions, such as if the property is furnished, undergoing renovation, or adapted for the use of a disabled person. If you choose to pay by Direct Debit, we will request your bank details.

This information will be used to calculate the Council Tax liability for the property and, if applicable, we will use the bank information to collect payments. If you do not provide this information or provide false information, this may be considered an offence and you could be charged the wrong amount.

Why do we need this?

We are allowed to ask for your information as we have a statutory duty to administer and collect the Council Tax, which is a task carried out in the public interest. We use the information to assess and collect Council Tax from you and to hold the records that we are required to keep by law.

If we believe that information that you have given us is inaccurate, we will use the information to consider whether to take formal action such as prosecution or civil recovery. 

Who will we share your information with?

We will share your information with other council services/departments where this is permitted, to carry out our statutory functions and legal obligations as a local authority and to ensure you are receiving services to help you.

We will share your information with others if we are required or able to do so by law, or ordered to do so by a court. We may share your information with the Single Fraud Investigation Service, the Police, and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

For more information on how we process your data, please view our privacy and cookies policies.

Council tax

Chief Executive

PO Box 9060

Motherwell

ML1 1SH

Page last updated:
26 Aug 2020

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