Government seeks to improve efficiency of council tax collection

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is calling for views on how to improve the efficiency of council tax collection.

The purpose of the consultation is to seek views on the government’s proposals to facilitate improvements in the collection and enforcement process in business rates and council tax.

The consultation is aimed at local authorities, other government departments, businesses and other interested parties.

As part of the Better Business Compliance Cabinet programme, Manchester City Council, Salford City Council, HMRC and the Cabinet Office have cooperated in a trial to improve collection and efficiency.

The results of this trial have been considered in the proposals on improving the collection procedure for council tax. The DCLG has also proposed several improvements to the appeals, avoidance and collection aspects of the business rates system. These are being taken forward separately.

The consultation process closes on 18th November 2015. More information can be found here.