Taxation and Business Rates

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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