Council tax is a bill that most people have to pay in some form, but it is not something you have to pay every month.

The amount you pay also fluctuates from person to person depending on a wide range of factors.

This includes which valuation band your property is in, your circumstances and how much your local council feels it needs to help fund its services.

To work out which council tax band you are in you can go to the Government website here, but here is some information on the months you do not pay council tax in the UK.

What months do you not pay council tax in the UK?

According to the Government website council tax is "usually split into 10 monthly payments" which is between April and January.

It adds: "Contact your local council immediately if you’re having trouble paying - they can help you, for example by spreading your payments over 12 months instead of 10."

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This is the same process for England, Scotland and Wales, with authorities across all the nations following this guidance.

Your council tax bill will tell you how much you have to pay for the year, how that amount has been worked out and the dates you have to pay.

Who does not have to pay council tax?

Some people do not have to pay council tax which includes:

  • under 18 years old
  • on certain apprentice schemes
  • 18 or 19 years old and in full-time education
  • a full-time student at college or university
  • under 25 years old and get funding from the Education and Skills Funding Agency
  • a student nurse
  • a foreign language assistant registered with the British Council
  • severely mentally impaired
  • a live-in carer for someone who is not your partner, spouse, or child under 18
  • a diplomat

Additionally, you will get 25% off your bill if you pay Council Tax and either live on your own and everyone else in your house is disregarded.