If you’ve been accused of working tax credit fraud, it’s important that you’re aware of the seriousness of the situation. Working tax credit fraud is classed as a serious fraud offence, and can carry a hefty fine or even a prison sentence.
What is working tax credit fraud?
Working tax credits are paid to people with lower incomes to help them have a better quality of life. Working tax credit fraud is the act of fraudulently claiming these credits when you don’t have a right to them. Examples of working tax credit fraud include:
Lying about your income to qualify for working tax credits.
Failing to declare the income of a partner or other adult living with you.
Failing to declare a change in circumstances which could affect your working tax credits.
This list is by no means exhaustive. If you are claiming working tax credits when you shouldn’t be, you are committing working tax credit fraud and risk being prosecuted.
What to do if you’ve been accused of working tax credit fraud
If you’ve been accused of working tax credit fraud, it’s essential that you seek legal advice from a professional. This way you’ll have someone that knows the law on your side, and you’ll have a much better chance of not getting prosecuted, or receiving a more lenient sentence. Here at DPP Law, our team of working tax credit fraud solicitors are experts in their field, and have years of experience in handling these types of cases. Contact us for a confidential discussion about your next steps.