The local authority works out the Business Rates by multiplying the rateable value of the property by the appropriate multiplier. From 1 April 2012 there are two multipliers; the standard non-domestic rating multiplier and the small business non-domestic rating multiplier. The former is higher to pay for small business rate relief.
The Government sets the multipliers for each financial year for the whole of England. They normally change both multipliers every year in line with inflation and to take account of the cost of Small Business Rate Relief.
In the year of a revaluation it is set at a level which will keep the total amount raised in rates after the revaluation, the same as before, plus inflation for the year.
The annual bill will cover the period 1 April to 31 March and is payable in 10 monthly instalments on the 3rd of each month, from April through to January the following year, although ratepayers may make arrangements to pay at more frequent intervals if they wish. Alternatively, the bill may be paid in a lump sum (payable in April), or in two half-yearly instalments (payable in April and September).
Direct Debit payers have the option of four instalment dates, the 3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th of the month. If you wish to pay by this method please contact the Business Rates section to request a Direct Debit mandate.
If your rateable value changes during the year, or if other circumstances affecting the business change, a revised bill will be sent to you with new instalments, if appropriate.
REMEMBER: You should report changes affecting your Business Rates as soon as possible.
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