Chelmsford City Council

Council Tax and Freeman on the Land

The Freeman on the Land movement and similar groups, commonly believe that they are bound only by statute laws they consent to.

Being a ‘freeman’ does not exempt any person from paying Council Tax.

The liability to pay Council Tax falls under the Local Government Finance Act 1992 and later regulations. This is a statute created by a democratically elected Parliament of the United Kingdom which has received the assent of the Crown.

Liability to pay Council Tax is set by The Council Tax (Administration and Enforcement) Regulations 1992. This gives local authorities the right to demand Council Tax which is used to fund essential local services.

Council Tax is not optional and not something you consent to. If you are liable to pay Council Tax, you must make your payments.

The following references have no legal basis:

  • a person not having consented to pay Council Tax
  • there not being a contractual relationship between the Council and the resident
  • ‘lawful rebellion’
  • Article 61 of the Magna Carta
  • the Coronation Oath Act 1688
  • the ‘People’s peace’
  • legal fictions, ‘straw men’ and ‘I, X of the family Y’
  • maritime or admiralty law
  • Uniform Commercial Code

We will not respond to any correspondence that relies on these, or similar, inaccurate arguments which have no basis in statute.

Despite what you may have read online, these arguments always fail in Court and persisting with them can lead to imprisonment. You can read an example of this from Southend Council.

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    Last updated: 11 July 2022

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