At What Age Do You Stop Paying Council Tax?

In this blog post, we’ll discuss whether or not you can stop paying council tax at a certain age in the UK. We will also take a look at other factors that can influence whether or not you need to pay council tax and if you can get a council tax reduction based on your circumstances. 

At What Age Do You Stop Paying Council Tax?

There is no specific age at which you automatically stop paying council tax. Irrespective of one’s age, council tax remains an obligatory payment on individuals whether they are homeowners or tenants. However, under specific circumstances and whether you are eligible for any exemptions or discounts, some residents can qualify for a council tax reduction on their bill. 

If you are of pensionable age, meaning that you are retired and over the age of 65, then you may be eligible for a discount on your council tax bill. Depending on where you live in the UK, this discount may be up to 100% of your council tax bill. 

If you are still of working age but are unemployed or on a low income, then you may be able to get help with your council tax payments through benefits like Council Tax Support. This benefit can be claimed by people who are on low incomes or claiming certain benefits, and it could reduce your council tax bill. 

It’s important to remember that even if you’re not eligible for any discounts or exemptions, you still need to pay your council tax bill or risk legal action from the council. If you’re having difficulty paying your bill, you should speak to your local council as soon as possible to discuss payment options.

Do You Have To Pay Council Tax If You Are A Pensioner?

Whether or not you have to pay council tax as a pensioner depends on your circumstance. To qualify for a council tax reduction, a pensioner should meet either of the following conditions: 

  • have a low income or savings below £16,000
  • claiming welfare benefits 
  • living alone
  • are a carer for another household member
  • have a severe mental impairment (this includes dementia or a learning difficulty)
  • adaptations have been made to your home for a disabled household member
  • the resident has gone into hospital or moved into a care home
  • the property in question isn’t the applicant’s main residence

If you are a pensioner who is claiming a disability or carer’s benefit, you have a higher chance of qualifying for a council tax reduction. If a pensioner is claiming the Guarantee Credit part of Pension Credit, their council tax bill will be completely waived. 

How Can You Reduce Your Council Tax Bill?

It is possible to get exemptions and discounts on council tax depending on your age, living situation, and financial circumstances. 

If you are a single adult of any age or a couple over the age of 18, you may be entitled to a full or partial Council Tax Reduction. This reduction is based on your income, savings, and other factors. You can apply for this reduction through your local council. 

You may also be eligible for a Council Tax Exemption if you are a student, under 18, or part of a qualifying family. Some properties such as ones occupied by a disabled person may also qualify for an exemption. 

Finally, if you live in a house in multiple occupancies (HMO) you may qualify for a discount on your Council Tax bill. To be eligible, you must live with at least one other person and none of the occupants must qualify for a full or partial exemption. 

If you think you may be eligible for an exemption or discount on your Council Tax bill, it is worth checking with your local council to see if you qualify and apply for Council Tax Reduction.


We can conclude from the above discussion that there are no age-based criteria that qualify an individual for council tax exemption. One has to continue paying council tax unless their circumstances deem them as eligible for a council tax reduction or an exemption. 


At what age do you stop paying council tax?

Pension-age people and Council Tax Support

How Council Tax works: Who has to pay – GOV.UK