Tax Rebates & Refunds

Pensioner warns of council tax rebate scam

March 22, 2013
Posted in Fraud, Tax Rebates — Written by Geoffrey

A pensioner from Sutton-in-Craven in North Yorkshire has warned fellow residents to be on their guard against a scam which promises people a council tax rebate.

89-year-old Dorothy Holmes is speaking out about the scam after nearly falling victim to it herself. She says that she arranged to meet a man who claimed to be from Craven District Council and who said that she could potentially claim a tax rebate of £2,000 on her council tax. The man said that many properties had been wrongly put in the wrong council tax bands around a decade ago after valuations had been undertaken by students.

However, Mrs Holmes was a former district councillor, so was naturally suspicious of the man and his claims. She contacted the council as well as her daughter, who cancelled the appointment.

A spokesperson for Craven District Council said:

“Taxpayers need to be very careful about what information they provide and, if asked to provide bank details or other financial information, they should refuse.

“There are reputable companies who contact taxpayers to try to secure banding reductions but people should be aware they will make a charge for performing this service, which is provided free by the Valuation Office Agency.”

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