Woman fined after failing to declare inheritance

It’s all too easy to understand why we are seeing an increased number of individuals failing to declare their inheritance.
A lack of job security, unemployment and the rising cost of living means some people feel they are being forced to be untruthful and make the most of every penny they receive from the state.
In recent weeks, a case was reported in the press whereby a woman from Cumbria received over £19,000 as an inheritance in 2010, but failed to report it to the authorities, continuing to claim housing and Council Tax benefit.
The woman admitted to the deception and was forced to pay back the £2,500 she had wrongfully received, in addition to £155 in court costs and surcharges.
Remember that if you’re receiving state benefits, it is vital that should you receive any additional money such as an inheritance, you must declare it immediately.

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