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17 Sep 2021

All ACT members are invited to join in on the APPGCW inquiry report launch. Please contact the ACT if you would like to join in and we...

14 Sep 2021

From 1st April 2022, employer NICs will increase by 1.25 percentage points. Employee NICs will also increase by 1.25 percentage points, including for workers above state pension age

9 Sep 2021

Join tax compliance company Avalara for a webinar as they cover IOSS & selling into the EU, on Thursday 30th September at 11am.

8 Sep 2021

The Scottish Government has published its shared policy programme following the announcement of the Scottish National Party's power sharing partnership with the Scottish Green Party.

24 Aug 2021

Todaythe government has announced plans to introduce legislation which will enable CE marked goods to continue being placed on the Great British market until 1 January 2023 - an extension to...

21 Jul 2021

£2 billion will be invested over five years with the aim that half of all journeys in towns and cities will be cycled or walked by 2030, benefitting the UK's high streets in many ways

15 Jul 2021

Face coverings are no longer required by law but states that government expects and recommends that people continue to wear a face covering in crowed, enclosed spaces. Businesses who want to...

1 Jul 2021

HM Treasury has launched a consultation on delivering more frequent business rate revaluations in England

17 Jun 2021

The Disability Confident scheme supports employers with the tools to make the most of the talents disabled people can bring to the workplace.

17 Jun 2021

Join the Secretary of State for the Department for BEIS, Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP, for the next in a seriesof live panel discussions on 23rd June at 10:30 AM

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Business Rates consultation launched

Posted on in Business News , Cycles News , Political News

HHouses of Parliament, budget 2020M Treasury has launched a consultation on delivering more frequent business rate revaluations in England. The consultation proposes a framework for moving towards three-yearly revaluations from five-yearly and simplifying the appeals system.

The consultation proposes two new requirements on retailers:

  • A Duty to Notify the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) about property changes that affect business rates liabilities - for example, structural alterations, extensions or conversions. This would be done as changes are completed and via an Annual Confirmation Return.
  • The mandatory provision of rental and lease information - for example rent amounts and what it includes, agreed incentives, responsibilities and rent reviews. To be provided after events where these might change (e.g. signing a new lease).

The consultation also suggests the following changes to the appeals system:

  • Streamlining appeals by removing the ‘Check' stage from the Check, Challenge, Appeal (CCA) process - the function of Check would effectively be replaced by the new Duty to Notify.
  • Introducing a three-month deadline to submit Challenges and a new fee - to ensure most appeals can be dealt with during the lifetime of a three-year list.
  • Reviewing provisions around Material Change of Circumstances (MCCs) appeals - when MCC should apply.

This consultation has been announced while government work on the fundamental review of business rates is ongoing. The outcome of this consultation, and the wider business rates review, is expected in the Autumn.

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