The UK government must explore alternatives to business rates, and the Valuation Office Agency should resolve outstanding appeals urgently because long delays are unacceptable, the House of Commons Treasury Committee said …
The “Check Challenge Appeal” process, introduced in 2017 to reduce the number of speculative appeals, requires ratepayers contesting a valuation to provide detailed evidence. But some business groups had told the committee of long response times experienced under the new system. The committee was told that “in extreme cases, a business could ‘potentially wait 950 days before it can lodge an appeal against its rateable value.’” Statutory limits for checks and challenges should be reduced to “a more reasonable time frame, preferably a maximum of six months each,” it said.
My news story for Tax Notes ($), October 31: U.K. Business Rates Agency Must Clear Appeals Urgently, MPs Say
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