Reporting fraud and how we deal with it

Business rates fraud

Business rates fraud is committed when someone deliberately gives false or misleading information so that they can pay lower or no business rates. It includes: 

  • Stating that a property is no longer in use and therefore qualifies for a reduction in rates 
  • Not declaring the location of a business to avoid paying business rates. 

You must tell us of any changes to your business and report errors in your rates bill immediately. 

Prosecuting fraudsters 

Where we have enough evidence and it’s in the public interest we will look to prosecute those found to have committed fraud against the Council. We will also where appropriate look to recover money and assets under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.  

Report business rates fraud