13:51 PM, 30th December 2020, About 2 years ago 7
I have a tiny shop with ratings on VOA site showing as follows:-
April 2010 – Jan 2014 £2,600
Oct 2013 – 17 March 2014 £0
April 2017 – present £1,650
The assumption by the owner that on purchase in non-business rates applicable as well under the £12,00 rateable value. No action taken.
Bills then received in Aug 2020 for payment of £810.15 for non-payment of Non-domestic rates (NDR), citing charge dates 2018-2019 & another £84.62 for 23 Feb 2019 – 31 March 2019.
I have sent emails back to the council on 10 Aug, 9 Oct, 16 Dec stating the bill is wrong as property exempt (never had reply from any of them), then got a final warning letter 21 Dec with a Summons attached. I sent off another email on 21st Dec stating this is clearly wrong (tried calling all day did not get through) and also in desperation filled in an online form on Council website for small bus rate relief with date going back to 2017
How can a bill be generated by the Council for a property clearly under the rateable value of £12,000? The VOA site says relief available if under £15,000 BUT you will not pay business rates on a property with a rateable value of £12,000 or less.
Is it best to pay the bill then argue to get it refunded by the Council by way of showing it wasn’t a valid charge in the first place?