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Council Tax Fraud

Each year, Local Authorities raise funds from Council Tax to pay for the services on which we all rely, such as policing and education for our children.

There are a number of discounts or exemptions that can be claimed to reduce the amount of council tax payable for each household. Council Tax Fraud occurs when an individual intentionally gives incorrect or misleading information in order to pay less or no council tax. It is estimated that approximately £130 million is lost every year to Council Tax Fraud.

Types of Council Tax fraud include:

  • Failing to register to pay Council Tax
  • Making a false application for a Council Tax Discount or Exemption in order to reduce the amount of Council Tax due
  • In cases where a discount or exemption have been legitimately claimed, by failing to report a change of circumstances which results in the person no longer being entitled to receive the dispensation.

What is the Council doing about Council Tax Fraud?

The Council takes part in the Audit Commissionsí National Fraud Initiative, which is a national data matching exercise and includes matches that target Council Tax Discount fraud. The Council also undertakes data matching exercises with other external agencies to identify instances of Council Tax Fraud.

Reporting Council Tax Fraud

Your help in dealing with Council Tax Fraud is vital. If you know or suspect that someone is not registered to pay Council Tax, or is claiming a discount or exemption that you believe they are not entitled to receive, then please report it to us. You can do this in a number of ways and the information you provide to us will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Online:Council Tax Fraud Online Referral Form

By telephone:01283 595827 or 01283 595885

During normal office hours you will be able to speak to a member of the Councilís Fraud Investigations Team or alternatively leave a message. Outside of normal office hours you can leave a message. If you do leave a message, please tell us as much information as possible no matter how small the detail might be. The more information we have, the better the chance of a successful investigation.

By email:fraud@south-derbys.gov.uk

Please tell us as much information as possible no matter how small the detail might be. The more information we have, the better the chance of a successful investigation.

By Post:

You can write to:

Fraud Investigations Unit
South Derbyshire District Council
Civic Offices
Civic Way
Swadlincote
Derbyshire
DE11 0AH

Please tell us as much information as possible no matter how small the detail might be. The more information we have, the better the chance of a successful investigation.

In person:

You can visit the council offices and speak to an investigator. Office hours are 8:45am to 5:00pm Monday to Thursday and 8:45am to 4:30pm on Fridays.

The Fraud Investigations Team will look at every single report of suspected fraud that we receive.

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