Taxation and Business Rates

DCLG: Reforming Business Rates Appeals

Last year, the Government published a consultation paper on proposals for a reformed business rates appeals system. The proposed system would take a new 3-stage approach to business rates appeals: ‘check, challenge, appeal’.

The Department for Communities and Local Government now have launched a technical consultation on the draft regulations to implement the ‘check, challenge, appeal’ system.

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HMRC: Making Tax Digital

The Government have published six consultations which look into making the tax system digital.

The six consultations include:

  • Bringing business tax into the digital age
  • Simplifying tax for unincorporated businesses
  • Simplified cash basis for unincorporated property businesses
  • Voluntary pay as you go
  • Tax administration
  • Transforming the tax system through the better use of information

ACS' submission can be found below.

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Welsh Assembly: Priorities for the Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee

The National Assembly for Wales’ Economy, Infrastructure and Skills Committee remit is to examine legislation and hold the Welsh Government to account by scrutinising expenditure, administration and policy matters, encompassing (but not restricted to): economic development; transport; infrastructure; employment; skills; and research and development, including technology and science.

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ACS Business Rates CCA Submission

ACS has submitted its response to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG)’s consultation on proposed changes to the business rates appeals system, calling on the Government to ensure that the system is simple and accessible for retailers.

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House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee: Business Rates Inquiry

The Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee's inquiry into the Government's proposals to allow local authorities to retain 100 per cent of the full stock of business rates by 2020 and to cut business rates, and for directly elected mayors to add a premium to business rates to pay for new infrastructure.

Accepting written submissions until: 1 February

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Business rates review: terms of reference and discussion paper

The government is conducting a wide-ranging review of business rates in response to concerns from many business ratepayers that business rates are in need of reform to make them fit for purpose in a 21st century economy. The HM Treasury's consultation sets out the terms of reference for the government’s review and provides further information on the review’s aims and core themes.

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Business rates avoidance discussion paper

The Department for Communities and Local Government are consulting to better understand the type and scale of business rates avoidance in England and to find ways to tackle business rates avoidance so that all ratepayers pay the business rates that they should pay.

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Administration of Business Rates Review

Following the Government’s review of business rates, potential administrative reforms to the system have been made available for consultation.

In their submission, ACS supports more frequent revaluations, which would make changes to business rate bills less burdensome for local shops. In addition, ACS requested further transparency from the VOA to reveal the information they use to rate business premises. This in turn would give convenience retailers more confidence in their business’ rating, making them less liable to challenge their rating.

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