Tax fraud crackdown launched in Hull

Published: Tuesday 10th November 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull City Council has announced a review of Single Person Discount in a bid to catch tax fraudsters.

A total of 45,469 people in Hull currently claim the discount, which offers a 25% reduction in council tax if only one adult lives in a property.

But the authority is concerned that not everyone claiming the discount is doing so genuinely. It has teamed up with Civica PLC, a specialist in software, technology and outsourcing services, to identify those abusing the public purse.

Residents who are in receipt of a single person discount and have had another adult recently move into their property are urged to contact the council as soon as possible so their bill can be altered.

Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Finance, warns anyone found to be claiming incorrectly could be fined.

The National Fraud Authority estimates that fraudulent single person discount claims cost councils and taxpayers £92 million a year.

With just over 1 in 3 households in Hull currently claiming the discount, it means £10.9 million could be knocked off council tax bills during the current financial year. It is unsure how much of this could be fraudulent.

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Published: Tuesday 10th November 2015 by The News Editor

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