Council Tax

Council Tax

Council tax is a property based tax payable on most domestic properties such as a house or a flat but can also include other types of property where people can live such as a 'granny annex' or a caravan.

Your council tax funds a whole range of local services. Winchester City Council collects the council tax in the district on behalf of the County Council, the Police, the Fire and Rescue service and your Parish Council. Some of the council tax is kept by Winchester City Council to help pay for the services which we provide. See Council Tax Charges 2016/17 for more information about how your money is spent.

How is each £1 spent?
In 2016/17 it will be: Hampshire County Council – 71.72p, Winchester City Council – 8.68p, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire – 10.67p, Fire Authority 4.16p and Parishes – 4.77p

Please be aware of Council Tax scams
Previously we have been alerted by customers who received a text message which appeared to be from the Council but wasn't. The message provided a link to apply for a council tax rebate which then requests personal and bank details. The Council does not text or phone customers to inform them of 'rebates' on Council Tax.

How to protect yourself:

• Never respond to unsolicited phone calls
• The Council will not phone out-of-the-blue to discuss a council tax rebate, if you receive a call  of this nature, put the phone down straight away.
• No legitimate organisation will ask you to pay an advanced fee in order to receive money; so never give them your card details.
• If you think you have been a victim of fraud, hang up the phone and wait five minutes to clear the line as fraudsters sometimes keep the line open. Then call your bank or card issuer to report the fraud. Where it is possible use a different phone line to make the phone call.

To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the online fraud reporting tool.