SKDC is ‘cracking down’ on residents falsely claiming council tax discounts
Households in South Kesteven are being urged to tell the council if there are changes in their circumstances that affect their council tax discounts.
SKDC gives a 25 per cent council tax discount to more than 19,500 households where there is only one adult resident at the property. The council will shortly be comparing its council tax information with other databases to identify those cases where more than one adult is living at an address and a discount is still being claimed.
SKDC’s corporate finance manager Richard Wyles said: “We believe most council tax discounts are claimed honestly and legitimately, but we know there are times when a household’s circumstances change and people forget to tell us their eligibility to a discount should be ended.
“However, it is a statutory requirement for council taxpayers to tell us within 28 days if they think they should no longer qualify for a discount.
“If you receive a discount you think you should not receive, this is your final chance to tell us, before we contact you.“
Mr Wyles added: “As the council tax scheme is a form of tax, we are obliged to amend any records we find to be incorrect, back to the date of the change.
“This means that householders do not benefit from withholding information from us and it makes the system fair for everyone. It could mean some households will find they have a considerable amount of council tax arrears to pay.
“While we are cracking down on the incorrect discounts granted, we are still keen to make sure that everyone gets the discounts they are entitled to.
“You should also contact us if you think you should qualify for any discounts and exemptions.”
Householders can contact the revenues office by ringing 01476 406080, or e-mail at email@example.com