Small Business Rates Relief Assessed for Free
Published Thursday 5th December 13
Businesses in Ribble Valley are advised that the borough council will assess if they qualify for small business rates relief for free.
A company is out and about in Ribble Valley offering to apply for the relief on behalf of businesses for a fee.
The relief is worth up to 100 per cent of the rates for businesses with a rateable value below £6,000 and on a sliding scale from 100 per cent downwards for businesses with a rateable value between £6,000 and £12,000.
But traders can get their business rates reduced at no cost, if they qualify for small business rates relief, Ribble Valley Borough Council has pointed out.
The council's head of revenues and benefits, Mark Edmondson, said: "Applying for small business rates relief might seem like a mammoth task to many small or medium-sized businesses that might therefore be tempted to sign away a portion of any potential savings by getting someone to do it for them.
"However, a simple phone call to the council will enable us to check if the ratepayer is entitled to a reduction, without the need to pay a success fee to a third party."
Businesses can check their current business rates bill to see if they are already receiving the relief, or contact the council's business rates team on 01200 414451 for assistance.