Extra Bank Security Means Changes for Some Council Tax Payers

Calling council tax payers –  South Oxfordshire District Council’s bank details have been changed, which means changes for some council tax and some business rate payers.

The council has been given a new sort code which is 20-01-25, but its bank account number remains the same.

The new sort code will affect people who pay their council tax or business rates by bank transfer or standing order. Those people are requested to update their payment details as soon as possible otherwise the payments may not reach the council.

This change doesn’t affect the majority of council tax payers, the 82 per cent who pay by direct debit, as the new sort code will be amended as part of the direct debit service.

The new bank details and information on how to pay will be enclosed with council tax bills being issued in March.

Councillor Jane Murphy, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance for South Oxfordshire District Council, said “We are very sorry for any inconvenience caused to council tax and business rates payers. The new sort code is a result of extra security measures and anti-fraud work by our bank account provider.

“We will be contacting everyone who may be affected by including a message in their council tax bills. However, those paying by direct debit will not have to make any changes themselves.”

How to switch to Direct Debit
• Or contact the Council Tax Section by calling 0345 302 2313 to set up a direct debit over the phone.
• Or fill in and return the direct debit instruction attached to your Council Tax or business rates bill.

For more information:

South Oxfordshire: www.southoxon.gov.uk/counciltax 0345 302 2313