Taxation and Business Rates

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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DCLG: Transitional Rate Relief

The Department for Communities and Local Government seeks views on the proposed transitional arrangements to phase in changes in business rate bills from the 2017 business rates revaluation. ACS' submission can be found below.

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Welsh Government: Transitional Rate Relief

The Welsh Government has issued a call for views on the practical application of the proposed transitional rate relief scheme in Wales,  to support properties whose eligibility for Small Business Rates Relief will be affected by increases in their rateable value as a result of the 2017 non-domestic rates revaluation. ACS' submission can be found below.

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HMRC: Tackling the Hidden Economy

HMRC have launched consultations around tackling the hidden economy. The consultations look into conditionality (which is the proposal that access to some business services or licences should be dependent on businesses being registered for tax), and sanctions for repeated non-compliance.

ACS' submission can be found below.

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