What happens if you don't pay your council tax?

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8. Attachment of Earnings Order

When the magistrates grant a Liability Order, it gives us additional powers to recover the unpaid council tax and to demand certain information from you which you are legally required to give. If you are in employment these powers include an Attachment of Earnings order (AOE).

An AOE means we can order your employer to deduct the amount you owe direct from your wages/salary and pay it straight to us. The amount your employer deducts for us will depend on your salary level. The deductions are:

From monthly earnings

up to £300 - nothing
over £300 and up to £550         - 3%
over £550 and up to £740 - 5%
over £740 and up to £900  - 7%
over £900 and up to £1,420  - 12%
over £1,420 and up to £2,020 - 17%
over £2,020 - 17% in respect of the first £2,020 and 50% in respect of the remainder

From weekly earnings

up to £75   - nothing 
over £75 and up to £135 - 3%
over £135 and up to £185  - 5%
over £185 and up to £225 - 7%
over £225 and up to £355         - 12%
over £355 and up to £505 - 17%
over £505   - 17% in respect of the first £505 and 50% in respect of the remainder

From daily earnings

up to £11   - nothing
over £11 and up to £20  - 3%
over £20 and up to £27  - 5%
over £27 and up to £33  - 7%
over £33 and up to £52             - 12%
over £52 and up to £72     - 17%
over £72 - 17% in respect of the first £72 and 50% in respect of the remainder

In addition, your employer may also charge you a further £1 towards their costs in making each deduction and sending it to us.

Employers can find out more about AOE's in the Employers Guide to Attachments of Earnings.