Direct Debit

Direct Debit LogoThe Council recommends payment of Council Tax & Business Rates by direct debit.

Did you know that for every cheque we process it costs your Council 19p and for every debit card transaction we process, it costs us 25p! So, why not consider paying your Council Tax or Business Rates by Direct Debit and save your Council money.

Direct Debit only costs West Somerset Council 1.7p per transaction!

What are the benefits to me?
  • Avoid forgetting to pay on time and possibly being subject to court action
  • Save money on postage and stationery
  • Avoid travelling costs and queuing
  • No cheques to write, or cash to carry
  • Protection through the "Direct Debit Guarantee" Scheme
  • The benefits of cheap and efficient collection comes back to you in the form of better services
Do many people pay by this method? 

Yes! 62% of Council Tax payers and 48% of Business Rates payers in West Somerset already pay their bills by Direct Debit.  Almost 32 million people in Great Britain now use Direct Debit with the average household paying 6 bills by this method.

Payment of council tax by direct debit

Payments can be made on either the 1st, 8th, 15th or 23rd of the month over ten months.

This is based on a full years' bill issued in March. The number of instalments will be reduced proportionately for bills issued during the year, or late applications.

Register to pay by direct debit today. It's simple contact us on 01643 703704 with your bank details to hand and we can set up your Direct Debit instantly or complete the Direct Debit Form (under Related Documents) and return it to: West Somerset Council, West Somerset Council, West Somerset House, Killick Way, Williton, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 4QA.

Once the form or  bank details have been provided, we will update your council tax account and notify your bank / building society.

We will tell you your new payment details at least 10 days before any sum is deducted from your bank / building society.

The direct debit guarantee

This guarantee is offered by all banks and building societies that take part in the direct debit scheme. The efficiency and security of the scheme is monitored and protected by your own bank or building society. If the amounts to be paid or the payment dates change West Somerset Council will notify you 10 working days in advance of your account being debited or as otherwise agreed. If an error is made by West Somerset Council or your bank / building society, you are guaranteed a full and immediate refund from your branch of the amount paid. You can cancel a direct debit at any time, by writing to your bank or building society. Please also send a copy of your letter to us.