offences – supply of false information

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    Anonymous
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    Does anyone know whether there is any recourse, other than under the Theft Act, for Authorities to fine/prosecute etc people who supply false information for the purpose of obtaining a reduction in council tax?

    Is there anything that allows us to impose a financial penalty, or take action through the Magistrates Court?

    I know there are provisions were people fail to comply with a requirement to provide information at liability order stage for AEO purposes but I wonder if there is anything else?

    #3215
    benwat
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    Schedule 3 of the LGFA 1992 provides powers to impose penalties for failing to supply information or supplying false information. You can impose a £50 penalty for the first offence and then a £200 penalty for a subsequent offence.

    The avenue for appeal against the imposition of a penatly is via the Valuation Tribunal and the fact that an appeal is outstanding can be a defence at a liability order hearing.

    #3216
    Anonymous
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    Thanks very much that’s spot on!

    Out of interest, do you do this at your authority? If so (or even if not!) how would we go about doing it – is there a defined process and can it be enforced through the court?

    If it’s easier you can email me through this site.

    Thanks again for your help.
    Christie

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