Rates audit

As a business ratepayer, how do you know that the historic rates you have dutifully paid are correct?

Sanderson Weatherall provides a specialist Rates Audit Service which, through meticulous research into past rate years, ensures both the accuracy of existing rates payments and investigates whether there are any credits resting in local authority holding accounts that should already have been refunded.

These credits may consist of overpayments that should have been received in the form of refunds due to changes in occupation or rateable values. Interest and/or tax refunds are often due in certain circumstances on overpayments, together with a tax certificate, which enables a refund in tax already paid to be obtained from HM Revenues and Customs.

Starting from scratch our experts recalculate what Business Rates payments should properly have been over past years to ascertain whether what clients have actually paid is correct.

Our fees for this service are typically pure incentive based - if we find nothing, then you pay us nothing!

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Business Rates

Sanderson Weatherall Rating specialists are RICS and IRRV qualified surveyors that can offer a comprehensive range of Rating services to clients including Rating Appeals, Rating Valuations, Rates Management and Rates Audit, together with cutting edge advice on Empty Rates mitigation. Regarded as experts in the field, all our senior staff are members of the Rating Surveyors' Association and are able to offer the very best Rates advice on the accuracy of Rating assessments and resultant Business Rates liabilities. Through our experts' memberships of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation we are also happy to assist clients who have international local property tax liabilities. We participate in the activities of both of these professional bodies at the highest level and negotiate with government on the introduction of all new non domestic rating proposals. On the 1st April 2017 the new rating lists were published across England and Wales and from that date, businesses looking to challenge their business rates were required to do so through HMRC’s Government Gateway. If you don’t currently have an account then please follow the steps in our guide to setting up a Government Gateway account, registering properties and appointing an agent here.    Contact Us

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