Local Property Taxation

Local Property Taxation, whether in the UK or internationally, is a outgoing which arises as a result of the occupation or ownership of property.

Sanderson Weatherall LLP local taxation experts can advise on various fully legal strategies to mitigate this burden, whether on an individual property or across an entire portfolio.

Local Property Taxation (UK)  

In the United Kingdom, local property taxes are known as Non Domestic Rates (NDR) or Business Rates for commercial properties; and as Council Tax for residential properties.

Local Property Tax (International)  

Local Property Tax is levied by municipalities in countries across the world to raise revenue to provide local services.  

First world countries even now in the 21st century operate a wide range of different approaches, due to a mixture of historical, geographic, demographic, economic and political factors. These approaches may range from taxes levied solely on land values, to taxes levied on both the land and improved values due to the addition of buildings and elements of plant and machinery. They may be based on occupation or ownership, or both.

Typically developing countries that want to move towards localising taxation will start with the application of a land value based tax, before migrating towards a more comprehensive system, where the system is refined to include site additions in the form of buildings.

Robert Brown, Partner, Rating Services at Sanderson Weatherall LLP is a past national council member of the Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV), an institute which has for many years teamed up with the International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) to hold a biennial international conference on international local property taxation.

If you have international local property taxation issues we can help, whether in dealing with the matter directly or by helping you to make contact with a suitable adviser in the country concerned.

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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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