What is Benefit or Tax Credit fraud?
Benefit or Tax Credit fraud is an offence which may be committed by either making:
a) False representation for claiming benefits or tax credits
This means that you give information or evidence which you know to be false, or
Fail to notify a change in your circumstances which you know affects your benefit or tax credit, or
Cause or allow another person to fail to notify a change which you know affects their benefit or tax credit.
b) Dishonest representation for claiming benefits or tax credits
- This means that you knew that you were acting dishonestly when you gave incorrect information or evidence, or failed to report a change.
Special rules allow for investigation and prosecution where you are suspected of benefit or tax credit fraud. They apply to any benefit or tax credit that you receive from:
*The Department for Work and Pensions (link opens in a new window) (which pays most benefits through either Jobcentre Plus or Pension Service or Disability and Carers Service)
*HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) (link opens in a new window)
*Local authorities/councils (link opens in a new window)
It is very important that you seek advice before responding to an allegation of fraud. You can use our Find an Adviser tool to find a local advice service.