Warn­ing to busi­nesses about re­lief

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

SMALL busi­nesses in the area are be­ing warned to be­ware of rat­ing agents of­fer­ing to help them claim Small Busi­ness Rate Re­lief.

Hunt­ing­don­shire Dis­trict Coun­cil has is­sued the warn­ing say­ing it is aware that rat­ing agents are con­tact­ing small busi­nesses en­cour­ag­ing them to sign up to use their ser­vices.

For a fee, usu­ally a per­cent­age of any re­duc­tion ob­tained, the agents are of­fer­ing to ap­ply for Small Busi­ness Rate Re­lief or ap­peal against the Rate­able Value of prop­er­ties, on be­half of ratepay­ers.

But the coun­cil has said that in most cases it is not nec­es­sary to em­ploy a rat­ing agent to claim Small Busi­ness Rate Re­lief be­cause the ap­pli­ca­tion form is sim­ple to com­plete and can be ob­tained eas­ily by ei­ther down­load­ing it from the dis­trict coun­cil’s web­site or by call­ing its helpline.

Ian Sims, lo­cal tax­a­tion man­ager for the coun­cil, said: “Dur­ing these dif­fi­cult times, es­pe­cially for the small busi­ness com­mu­nity, it sim­ply does not make sense to pay for a ser­vice that is not re­quired.

“We wrote to all 4,800 ratepay­ers with their an­nual bill at the end of March and con­tinue to pro­mote this scheme at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity, but if busi­nesses are ap­proached and asked for a fee sim­ply to com­plete a form for re­lief I en­cour­age them to call our helpline line on 01480 388030.”

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