Taxation and Business Rates

Scottish Government: Non-domestic rates bill

The Scottish Governments’ Local Government and Communities Committee will explore the impact of a Non-Domestic Bill which aims to reform non-domestic rates in Scotland. The Committee is seeking views on:

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MHCLG: Business rates retention reform

This consultation seeks views on proposals for sharing risk and reward, managing volatility in income and setting up the reformed business rates retention system.

The reform of the business rates retention system will sit alongside wider changes to the local government finance system which the government aims to introduce in 2020.

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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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