JIOTD – Recover overpaid business rates

Business rates can account for a major part of the cost of running a high street business and along with the current rating itself, which you may disagree with, it may be possible to secure rebates from historic business rates liabilities as well.

A rating audit can deliver refunds through the forensic analysis of historic rates bills held by councils. It is completely different to a conventional rates appeal.Rates liabilities can be checked back as far as the 1990s to look for errors that have gone undetected.

Examples include:

  • Incorrect application of transitional relief
  • Transitional certificates not being issued
  • Material change in circumstance allowances not applied
  • Failure to apply different reliefs
  • Rateable Value reductions not implemented.
  • Unenforceable backdated rates bills.

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