The Government implemented changes to the business rates system and introduced a new set of regulations for business rate appeals for the 2017 Rating List.
How properties are valued and how business rates bills are calculated remain the same – the key difference is what happens if the business rates bill may be inaccurate and an appeal is deemed necessary. This is where the reforms under the Government’s ‘Check, Challenge, Appeal’ review of business rates come into play.
The changes are largely motivated by an attempt to reduce speculative appeals being lodged – despite the high proportion of valuations that are inaccurate and result in many businesses being over-charged.
As part of the proposals, the Valuation Office will not need to disclose up front any additional information or details used to arrive at the valuation figure for a property in the 2017 Rating List.
There is now, more than ever, a need for skilled and experienced support to help you to understand your business rates bill, how it has been assessed and to help you challenge successfully where you have grounds to contest the valuation.
This is how ‘Check, Challenge, Appeal’ works:
This is where the business ratepayer or agent confirms the specifics of your property and the physical facts as they pertain to the valuation.
This is where a detailed case for why the valuation provided by the Valuation Office is inaccurate is prepared. It must include detailed evidence to support your proposed valuation.
Once the decision notice from the Challenge has been received, the ratepayer has a further 4 months to decide whether to lodge an appeal, although it is anticipated that the majority of cases will be satisfactorily dealt with during check and challenge.