Re­tail­ers await rul­ing on ATM tax

Western Daily Press - - Business -

SOME of Bri­tain’s big­gest su­per­mar­kets will find out to­day if they have been suc­cess­ful in a long-run­ning near-£400 mil­lion le­gal dis­pute over busi­ness rates paid on cash ma­chines.

The Court of Ap­peal is set to hand down its judg­ment in a case brought against the Govern­ment by re­tail gi­ants in­clud­ing Tesco, Sainsbury’s and the Co-op­er­a­tive Group, sup­ported by in­de­pen­dent cash ma­chine op­er­a­tor Cardtron­ics Europe.

They are ap­peal­ing af­ter a rul­ing last year up­held a de­ci­sion in 2013 that cash ma­chines built into the front of a shop or petrol sta­tion should have a sep­a­rate busi­ness rates bill.

It dashed re­tailer hopes of claw­ing back £200 mil­lion in re­bates for past rates paid, while they are also fac­ing a mam­moth £181 mil­lion bill for the fol­low­ing four years un­der the re­cent reval­u­a­tion.

The le­gal de­ci­sion sparked fears that small shops and in­de­pen­dent petrol fore­courts may be forced to close ATMs or start charg­ing for cash with­drawals.

It comes as ac­cess to cash dis­pensers has been dwin­dling.

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