FOI Request - Non-Domestic Rate Accounts in Credit
Please take this email as a formal request under the Freedom of Information Act (2000) for a list of all Non-Domestic Rate accounts in credit within your authority.
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.