The 2017 Rating List goes live in less than six weeks and the Government hasn’t yet issued any guidance on how the new Check, Challenge, Appeal system will be implemented. Rumours circulating in the press suggest that a new self-assessment system is being considered.

Businesses will shortly be receiving their 2017-18 rates bills, based on the latest rateable values in the 2017 rating list. To check your 2017 rateable value or to get an estimate of this year’s rates bill, enter your postcode at https://www.gov.uk/correct-your-business-rates and follow the links.

2010 Rateable Values - You have up until 31st March 2017 to appeal these. With some minor exceptions, appeals after this date will not be allowed. If your 2010 rateable value has not been appealed or there have been any changes in circumstances since the list was last altered by the Valuation Office Agency, you may have grounds for an appeal.

There are currently over 300,000 appeals waiting to be processed, with another spike in appeals in March anticipated, so it may be some time before late appeals are dealt with. If you can agree a reduction however, it could be backdated as far as 1st April 2015 and could reduce your rateable value going forward to the 2017 list.

With this in mind we are pleased to introduce our rating surveyor consultant, Paul Rabette, who provides specialist advice to businesses to help reduce business rates liabilities, including:
advising on how to reduce rates; representing appeals on behalf of clients and negotiating with the Valuation Office; taking appeals to the Valuation Tribunal; budgetary forecasting; advising on rate relief applications; ensuring that developments in the local environment are reflected in your rating liability and reducing liabilities for empty properties.

If you are interested in finding out more about Paul’s rating services please contact him at paul@rabette.co.uk, or paul.rabette@dayandbell.co.uk , Tel: 01386 710100 DD: 01386 576505, Mob: 07958 471750

If you think you may still have grounds for an appeal against your 2010 rateable value, remember you only have until 31st March 2017 to submit an appeal.