Be aware! Council tax refund scheme
Release date: 21 December 2015
Residents in Cotswold District are being advised to watch out for a potential email scam which appears to offer a tax rebate.
You should be on the look-out for any emails from GOV.UK which claim the recipient is eligible to receive a tax refund. The email claims that this can be recovered by completing and submitting a tax return form, which requests the recipient's bank details.
This reminder follows calls to be extra vigilant about bogus callers advising residents that their council tax bands may be too high. These callers are offering to work on your behalf for a fee to obtain a reduction.
If you wish to appeal against your council tax banding, you can do this yourself very easily by contacting the District Valuation Office on 03000 501 501. It is not a complicated procedure, and there is no requirement whatsoever for a third party to intervene as it will not cost you anything.
We advise all residents to be wary of any unsolicited calls and emails from unknown companies. To report a suspected scam contact Gloucestershire County Council on 01452 425000 (ask for Trading Standards.)
PLEASE NOTE: The Council would never ask for a customer's bank details or credit/debit card details via an email.