What are business rates?
Business rates explained
Do I need to pay business rates?
If you occupy a building – or part of one – that is non-residential, then you’ll likely be required to pay business rates.
Business rates are collected by your local council who keep a proportion of what is paid, and use it to fund the cost of local services.
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How are rates calculated?
What will you pay?
The amount you have to pay is based on the rateable value of your property. This is calculated by Valuation Office Agency (VOA), a government body that provides valuations and property advice that is needed to support taxation and benefits.
The occupier of the commercial property is almost always the individual that will have to pay business rates. Usually, this will be the owner, leaseholder or subtenant.
How can I pay?
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A helping hand
Business rate discounts
Business rate relief
It may be possible for you to get a discount on your business rates if you are eligible for a particular business rate relief scheme.
If your business is a charity, or is based in a rural area, for example, you may be entitled to a reduction. You can check the mygov.scot website to see if you are entitled to any financial support.
What if I don't pay?
Failure to pay
If you continue to ignore reminders and notices, you may be taken to court. Should it be found that you have not provided the payments required of you, then the council could resort to using a bailiff to seize your goods and possessions.
There is also the chance that you could end up being handed a prison sentence.
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Am I exempt?
In some cases however...
- If your property is part domestic and part business – if you live in a flat that is located above your shop, for example
- If you employ other people to work at your property
Get in touch
To discuss this further or if you have any questions, get in touch with your Relationship Manager or local Business Growth Enabler.
If you don’t have their number to hand, our customer support team can help book an appointment for you.
Telephone: 0345 600 2230 (24 hours)