Tax payers who are “cheating the system” are being targeted in a new campaign by Ryedale District Council.
In the coming weeks, council officers will be embarking on a drive to identify any residents who are fraudulently claiming a “single occupier discount” in their council tax.
Every year local authorities across the country receive a high volume of applications for single occupier discount – however, some of these applications are not genuine with people fraudulently claiming reductions in their bills.
Some fraud may be unintentional and each case will be considered on its own merits, says the council.
New legislation has also come in, which will allow council tax cheats to be prosecuted in the same way that benefit cheats are through the court system and made to pay back the money they owe.
Alan McCarten, senior revenues officer for Ryedale District Council, said: “This is an opportunity for our residents to contact us if they think they should not be entitled to single person discount before we undertake the review exercise.
“We will write to residents over the next few weeks who are claiming single person discount, to determine whether they do, in fact, have an entitlement to the discount.”
Any residents who think they are not entitled to the discount should contact (01653) 600666 ext: 650 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org