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Business Rates 2022 to 2023

Information about Non Domestic Rating Reliefs and Discounts for 2022 to 2023

Discretionary Rate Relief

If you receive Non-Domestic Rating Discretionary Relief your current entitlement will end with effect from 31st March 2023. This notice should be treated as notification of termination as required by law under Regulation 2(3) of the Non-Domestic Rating (Discretionary Relief) Regulations 1989. The new North Yorkshire Council will notify you, in due course, of any new entitlement to discretionary relief with effect from 1st April 2023. You’ll find answers to some of the questions you might have at www.cravendc.gov.uk

Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Relief (RHLR)

The 2022/23 retail, hospitality and leisure business rates relief scheme will provide eligible, occupied, retail, hospitality and leisure properties with a 50% relief, up to a cash cap limit of £110,000 per business. This relief should be detailed on your 2022/23 account if you are eligible. If it is not showing but you think you may qualify, you should contact Customer Services on 01756 700600 or alternatively email localtaxation@cravendc.gov.uk. You should also contact us if you have been awarded the relief but you wish to refuse its award – you should inform us of this by 30 April 2022.

The RHLR scheme is likely to amount to subsidy. Any relief provided by Local Authorities under this scheme will need to comply with the UK’s domestic and international subsidy control obligations.

Extension of Transitional Relief for 2022/23

The transitional relief scheme was introduced in 2017 to help those ratepayers who were faced with higher bills as a result of the revaluation. The scheme ends on 31 March 2022. The government announced an extension to the scheme for one year to coincide with the end of the current revaluation cycle. The scheme restricts increases in bills to 15% for businesses with small properties (up to and including £20,000 rateable value) and 25% for medium properties (up to and including £100,000 rateable value). Unlike the existing statutory transition scheme which ends on 31 March 2022 where transitional relief is measured before all other reliefs, the extension of transitional relief into 2022/23 will be measured after other reliefs (including others such as RHL relief). This relief will be calculated shortly and a new bill issued to qualifying ratepayers. If you do not receive an updated bill by 9th May 2022 but you think you may qualify, you should contact Customer Services on 01756 700600 or alternatively email localtaxation@cravendc.gov.uk.

Transitional Premium for 2022/23

Unlike transitional relief the extended policy does not apply in downward transition to lower bills – these accounts will reflect the true bill from 1 April 2022.

 

 

Supporting Small Business Scheme (SSB)

The introduction of the SSB scheme at 1 April 2017 ensured that ratepayers eligible to small business rate relief or rural rate relief during 2016/17 qualified for a limited increase in rates payable extending up to a five year period, or until they reached the charge they would have paid without the scheme. The SSB scheme has remained as it is in the current non-statutory scheme with a percentage cap in 2022/23 of 15% plus inflation (or a cash value increase of £600 if greater).

This relief has been calculated in conjunction with the extended transitional relief scheme and should be detailed on your 2022/23 account if you are eligible. If it is not showing but you think you may qualify, you should contact Customer Services on 01756 700600 or alternatively email localtaxation@cravendc.gov.uk.

The extension of transitional relief and supporting small business (SSB) relief scheme is likely to amount to subsidy. Any relief provided by Local Authorities under this scheme will need to comply with the UK’s domestic and international subsidy control obligations

COVID-19 Additional Relief Fund (CARF)

The Government announced a new COVID-19 additional relief fund (CARF) of which Craven District Council was allocated £1.2m. The fund was available to support businesses affected by the pandemic but that were ineligible for existing support linked to business rates. Local authorities were each responsible for designing a discretionary policy and eligible businesses will have been contacted prior to the issue of this account as the relief related to the financial year 2021/22. Full details of Craven’s policy are available through our website - www.cravendc.gov.uk

Any enquiries relating to an award of CARF relief should be directed to Customer Services on 01756 700600 or alternatively by email localtaxation@cravendc.gov.uk.

Rural Rate Relief

With effect from 1 April 2017 businesses eligible for mandatory rural relief will qualify for a 100% reduction in charge. This reduction should be detailed on your annual account if you are eligible. If it is not but you think you may qualify, you should contact Customer Services on 01756 700600 or alternatively email localtaxation@cravendc.gov.uk.

Small Business Rate Relief

Small business rate relief is available to ratepayers occupying premises with a rateable value less than £15,000. Claims can be made on only one property, however if you have additional properties that are either empty or below a rateable value of £2,900 you may still qualify for relief on your main premises. More information regarding small business rate relief can be obtained from Customer Services on 01756 700600 or alternatively by email to localtaxation@cravendc.gov.uk.

Subsidy Controls

Providing discretionary relief to ratepayers is likely to amount to a subsidy. Relief provided by Local Authorities will need to comply with the UK’s domestic and international subsidy control obligations. It is your responsibility to check that you are eligible, by submitting an application or accepting an award of relief you are declaring that you are complying with and will not exceed the relevant permitted allowance thresholds. If you have any doubt as to your position you must seek appropriate advice before applying / accepting as the responsibility lies with the business. Further information is available on the Gov.uk website www.gov.uk/government/publications and searching for subsidy controls.