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  • Writer's picturedavid Tanswell

Government proposals for business rates may have a sting in the tail

Changes to UK business rates are expected imminently, as Government mulls over its options, and the responses to its call for evidence.

A strongly-tipped favourite, first out of the trap, is a three-year cycle of rating valuations, with effect from 2023. This is said to be popular with businesses.

Less palatable, however, is the rumoured 3-month time limit on appeals , which would defeat most firms' best efforts to challenge their bills. And with this dramatically-compressed timescale, long queues are inevitable.

Commercial Property Advisors (CPA) are specialists in winning rates reductions and rebates , resulting from prompt challenges and close liaison with billing authorities. In the words of Mr Muscle, it "loves the jobs you hate".

"While the exact details of the Government's thinking are unclear", says David Tanswell, CPA's CEO, "it is certain that businesses need the helping hand of specialists, when challenging their rates bills.Now is a great time to establish relations with experienced consultants ".

CPA welcomes the opportunity to extend a free, no obligation consultation, leading potentially to a thoroughly - evidenced, RICS - supported appeal. CPA's competitive commission is only chargeable once savings are banked by the client.

CPA's worry-free services mean that now is a perfect time to seek rates reductions, before the tsunami of challenges, post-2023.

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