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Council Tax fraud

Council Tax fraud can occur where a taxpayer:

  • falsely claims a discount or exemption to which they are not entitled to; or
  • fails to notify the local authority promptly when their circumstances change.

This may include:

  • claiming 25% single occupancy discount when there is more than one adult, aged 18 years or over, living in the household who is not disregarded for Council Tax purposes;
  • occupying a property that is in receipt of an unoccupied exemption;
  • falsely claiming a student reduction or exemption;
  • falsely claiming support under the Council Tax Reduction scheme, which may include failing to declare:
    • income from earnings or other benefits;
    • a partner or an another adult is living in the property; or
    • money held in bank accounts, savings and investments.

Report your suspicions

Fraud Hotline - 0800 953 0217

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