Business rates appeals fall as firms stop challenging bills
21 May 2019
England has seen a 97 per cent drop in the number of businesses challenging their rates bills in the last two years, compared to the two years following the previous revaluation.
The latest statistics from the Valuation Office Agency's Check, Challenge, Appeal (CCA)* business rates system is further evidence that the system is in urgent need of reform, as it is complicated and unnecessarily convoluted for SMEs who do not have the time to deal with unfair revaluations. They are therefore refraining from challenging the system, leaving thousands of businesses potentially paying incorrect business rates bills.
FSB National Chairman Mike Cherry comments: “The system needs to make sure businesses understand what they are being charged for so they can make a sensible judgement about whether to appeal or not. It must make sure smaller businesses know how their rates bills are calculated without having to lodge a formal complaint. There must also be a reduced evidence burden placed on them at the initial stages if they appeal their bills.
“Small businesses cannot afford a system in disarray.”
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