09 May 2012
Business Rate Relief warnings
Small businesses are being urged to beware of rating agents offering to help them claim Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR).
Huntingdonshire District Council is aware that rating agents are contacting small businesses encouraging them to sign up to use their services. For a fee, usually a percentage of any reduction obtained, the agents are offering to apply for SBRR, or appeal against the Rateable Value of properties, on behalf of ratepayers.
The council is keen to point out that, in most cases, it is not necessary to employ a rating agent as the application form for SBRR is very simple to complete. An application form (together with guidance notes) can be downloaded from the council’s website by using the link on the right and clicking the ‘Apply for Business Rate Relief’ button. Alternatively, you can request a form by calling 01480 388030.
To appeal against your Rateable Value, visit VOA website by using the link on the right. Click on ‘Check the 2010 and 2005 rateable value of your property – England’. From there you can go to the Valuation Office Agency’s Rating List Application, and obtain advice. Alternatively, you can call 03000 501501.
For further advice about business rates; how it is calculated, and possible reductions and reliefs, visit our website using the link and click on Business Rates. Alternatively, see pages 35 to 38 of the booklet that accompanied your 2012/2013 Non Domestic Rates Demand, or call 01480 388030.
Ian Sims, Local Taxation Manager, said: “During these difficult times, especially for the small business community, it simply does not make sense to pay for a service that is not required. We wrote to all 4,800 ratepayers with their annual bill at the end of March and continue to promote this scheme at every opportunity, but if businesses are approached and asked for a fee simply to complete a form for relief I encourage them to call our helpline line on 01480-388030.