The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has outlined its plans to reform the business rates appeals process.
Under the plans, a new online service will enable business owners to quickly and efficiently check and challenge their business rates bills, while a new three-stage “check, challenge, appeal” process will help prevent speculative appeals and ensure genuine disputes are resolved more quickly.
Business owners will be charged a £300 fee to lodge an appeal, which is refunded if the appeal is successful.
However, small business owners may be eligible for a reduced fee rate when making an appeal, as part of a package to support small firms which will provide guidance to help them navigate the system without the need for professional support. The plans follow a DCLG consultation on the appeals process launched in October 2015, where the majority of respondents said that the current system was overly complex and in need of reform.
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