This is an eight percentage point improvement on community charge for the same period last year.
Commenting on the publication of the figures, Local Government Minister David Curry said:
'Today's figures provide further evidence of just what a successful tax the council tax is. These collection rates are far better than anything achieved by its predecessor and prove just how smoothly the council tax has been introduced in its first year.'
Community charge collection figures are not available on a comparable basis.
In addition to the £6.8bn in council taxes, local authorities have collected over £580m in community charge arrears in 1993/94.
They also collected £9.4bn in non-domestic rates - 98% of the expected yield - compared with 93% in 1992/93.