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The Northern Territory Manual for Council Staff working with Rates and Charges



The Northern Territory Manual for Council Staff working with Rates and Charges


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dhcd.nt.gov.au Page 25 of 35 March 2017, version 12 Discount for prompt payment A council may resolve to allow a discount, or some other form of concession or benefit, for prompt payment of rates in full. If the council resolves to allow a discount for prompt payment of rates in full, the rate notice must state the percentage discount, the conditions on which it is to be allowed, and both the discounted and the undiscounted amount payable. Periodical payments Ratepayers experiencing financial difficulty may enter into an arrangement to pay their rates over a period of time that is in accordance with council policy. It is important that councils have good debt collection procedures so that individual arrangements are closely monitored and defaults followed up quickly. Methods of payment Councils can decide how they will accept payment. There are a myriad of payment methods that most councils employ for ratepayer convenience. Merchant fees on credit card payments A council may decide to impose a surcharge on payments made by credit card to offset the fee that the council is charged by its bank. This is a separate fee and is not charged on the rate notice, although advice must be provided that the fee will be charged. The fee is charged to the ratepayers credit card when they make a payment. Interest on unpaid rates Accrual of interest Section 162(1) of the LGA states that if rates are not paid by the due date, interest accrues on the amount of the unpaid rates at the relevant interest rate. Interest is calculated on a daily basis on the amount in default (exclusive of interest) from the due date until the date of payment. This is called simple interest. There is a note at section 162(1) of the LGA which advises: If the ratepayer defaults in payment, all remaining instalments become due and payable. Interest therefore accrues on the total amount of the unpaid rates and not merely the amount of the instalment. (See section 161(2)).

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