FOI Request - Business Rates 1990 - Present Day

Request 101000407348

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, i would respectfully request the following:

All Companies/Organisations that have a Business Rates Credit/Overpayment and/or any Write On/Write Offs on their account.

Could I as that you please include both open/active and closed/inactive accounts. Can I also ask that you detail whether the account is open/active and closed/inactive accounts and if the account is in Administration/Liquidation etc.

I would request that the date from 1990 to present day.

If ALL the requested data is available on an online dataset. Could I please have the URL and the dates when the dataset will be updated.

If there is not a dataset, can I please be provided in Excel/CSV format, the following information:

Company Name, Property Address, Start Date, Property Ref, Credit or Write on Amount, Date that credit or write on refers to.  Account Status / Closed / Active

I would ask that the data is up to date as possible. Could you also please advise the date that the data is extracted.

Response 21-01-2016

I can confirm that Non-Domestic Rate accounts which are in credit as the result of an adjustment or an overpayment are routinely dealt with as part of the daily duties of the Council's Revenues staff.  Newly-created credits are quickly refunded by users and this ensures that overpayments do not remain on accounts.

An exception to this may occur when staff are dealing with a dispute on an account or are awaiting information to direct the refund cheque to the appropriate payee. This may delay the issue of a refund-cheque.  Some cheques are not cashed within the six-month period following their issue and any such cheque will be cancelled resulting in the rates account again becoming overpaid.
I can, therefore, confirm there are no long-term overpaid balances on Non-Domestic Rates accounts other than those which cannot be refunded due to one of the factors that I have identified.

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