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Managing an IVA

Individual voluntary arrangement (IVA) and council tax debt

Your council tax is one of the most important household bills. It is included in your monthly IVA payment.

IVAs are arranged by StepChange Voluntary Arrangements, part of StepChange Debt Charity. In Scotland, a protected trust deed is a similar solution. This has different benefits, risks and fees.

Including council tax in your individual voluntary arrangement ensures that council tax arrears are covered while your IVA is active.

Why is council tax a priority?

Council tax is a priority debt, whether it is your current bill or any arrears.

Priority debts are important because not paying them can have serious consequences.

Local authorities have the power to collect council tax debt by:

Clare Lindley and James O'Carroll of StepChange Voluntary Arrangements are licensed to act as insolvency practitioners in the UK by the Insolvency Practitioners Association.

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Why is my council tax included in my IVA?

Your current council tax bill is classed as a debt in insolvency solutions, if:

  • You are the only person named on your household council tax bill, or
  • You and your partner enter an IVA at the same time

What should I do if council tax is included in my IVA?

The council normally submits their claim for the council tax bill within the first few months of your IVA.

Keep paying your council tax as normal until you receive written confirmation that:

  • Their claim has been agreed and
  • Your IVA payments will be adjusted

Future payments to the council stop when this happens.

This ruling only impacts you in the first year of your IVA.

Council tax bills after the approval of your IVA need to be paid as normal.

This is included in your budget and treated as a priority.

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StepChange Voluntary Arrangements is a registered trading name of Consumer Credit Counselling Service Voluntary Arrangements Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of StepChange Debt Charity.