Am I Committing Council Tax Fraud?

A change in living circumstance or income could mean that you’re unknowingly committing fraud

you could unknowingly be committing fraud

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When your living circumstances alter, sometimes updating your Council Tax can be the last thing on your mind, but forgetting to change your details can result in a fine and even prosecution. A number of life events may require you to report them to the Council should you be receiving a reduction in your Council Tax. Below are some examples of circumstance changes that you will need to report:

Student to Employee

A new Job

Moving in together

Moving House

This list is not exhaustive. If you are not sure whether you need to report a change, you need to contact your local Council. Use the box below to select the relevant authority and obtain their contact information.

Check your details before you get caught out…

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Chelmsford City Council

Your local authority is:

Basildon Council Logo

Visit your council's website

or call 01268 533333 to update your details

If you require further information or have any questions about the information on this website please email essexcounciltax@essex.gov.uk

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Braintree District Council Logo

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or call 01376 552525 to update your details

If you require further information or have any questions about the information on this website please email essexcounciltax@essex.gov.uk

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Brentwood Logo

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or call 01277 312500 to update your details

If you require further information or have any questions about the information on this website please email essexcounciltax@essex.gov.uk

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Castlepoint Logo

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or call 01268 882200 to update your details

If you require further information or have any questions about the information on this website please email essexcounciltax@essex.gov.uk

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Chelmsford City Council Logo

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or call 01245 606400 to update your details

If you require further information or have any questions about the information on this website please email essexcounciltax@essex.gov.uk

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Colchester Logo

To update your details visit your council's website

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Epping Forest District Logo

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or call 01992 564000 to update your details

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Harlow Council Logo

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or call 01279 446655 to update your details

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Maldon District Council Logo

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or call 01621 854477 to update your details

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Rochford District Council Logo

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or call 01702 546366 to update your details

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Southend-on-Sea Borough Logo

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or call 01702 215001 to update your details

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Tendering District Council Logo

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or call 01255 686868 to update your details

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Your local authority is:

Thurrock Council Logo

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or call 01375 413820 to update your details

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Uttlesford District Council Logo

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or call 01799 510510 to update your details

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I used to be a student but I’m now in full time work…

I used to be a student but I’m now in full time work…

When you were a full-time student you may not have had to pay Council Tax. However, once you leave full-time education this is no longer the case. Inform your local council to ensure that you’re not committing fraud.

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My partner has moved in…

If you were living alone but have recently started cohabiting, it is likely that your are no longer eligible to claim a single person discount, even if you are not married. Update your details to avoid being caught out.

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I’ve just got a new job…

I’ve just got a new job…

Some Council Tax reductions are means tested. If you or your partner have recently come out of unemployment, or you have started a new job that has increased your household income you should update your details accordingly.

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I've just moved house

I’ve just moved house…

When you move home your Council Tax band may change. Regardless of whether you are buying or renting, you should contact the council and update your details when you move home to make sure you are paying the correct amount.

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Up to £10 million of Council Tax is lost a year in Essex

£10 million in council tax is lost every year in Essex
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