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Council tax fraud

Last updated on: 09-Apr-2021

1. Overview

Council tax fraud can start when a claim is made if you provide made-up information or fail to tell us all of the information required to assess your claim for a reduction or your entitlement to a discount or exemption.

It is a criminal offence for you to make a false statement in order to get a reduction, discount or exemption that you would not otherwise be entitled to.

Fraud can also happen after the claim has been made where you don't tell us of a change of circumstance that may affect your entitlement to a reduction, discount or exemption.

How to report Council tax fraud

You can report suspected fraud to us using our online form. You don't need to leave your details when completing the form. If you do want to leave your details, they will be kept in the strictest confidence.

Once you've reported something to us we'll evaluate it to determine whether investigation is appropriate. The more information that we are given the better as this will make the evaluation more comprehensive and the more likely a successful outcome will be. 

We're not able to comment on ongoing investigations and due to Data Protection we are unable to give feedback on any reported allegations, so if you report a suspected fraud, we will not be able to update you on how an investigation is proceeding.


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