Taxation and Business Rates

HMRC: Tackling the Hidden Economy (Public Sector Licensing)

HMRC have launched a consultation which proposes to introduce ‘conditionality’ measures to tackle the hidden economy This would make compliance with certain tax obligations a condition of holding some licences, and introduce checks on applicants’ tax-registration status as part of licensing processes.

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Welsh Government: Small Business Rate Relief

From 1st April 2018, a new Small Business Rate Relief scheme will operate in Wales. This scheme will aim to more effectively target support for small businesses. The consultation invites views on proposals including:

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Welsh Government: Amending the Valuation Tribunal for Wales Regulations 2010

The Welsh Government are consulting on proposals to reform the structure and organisational procedures provided for in the Valuation Tribunal Regulations 2010 to:

  • remove unnecessary bureaucracy and simplify administrative procedures to allow the Valuation Tribunal for Wales to work more efficiently
  • strengthen governance arrangements to ensure the independence and accountability of the organisation
  • provide for future reforms to the business rates appeals process.
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DCLG: Discretionary business rates relief scheme

At the Budget on 8 March, the Chancellor announced that the government would make available a discretionary fund of £300 million to support those businesses most affected by the revaluation.

The Department for Communities and Local Government has launched a consultation seeking views on the:

  • allocation of resources to local authorities
  • arrangements for local authorities compensation
  • operation and conditions of discretionary relief scheme
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