FOI Request - Business Rate Accounts in Credit
A list of all Non-Domestic rate accounts that are currently overpaid or in credit. This should include those relating to this year or any previous year on current or closed accounts.
- Rate Account Number
- Billing Authority Reference
- Full Address of Property Concerned
- Amount of Overpayment
- Period that the Overpayment Relates to, Start and End Date Where Relevant
- The date the Overpayment was Created on the Account
- Account Closure Date if Relevant
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 rates team. Newly-created credits are quickly refunded by users and this ensures that credit balances do not remain on accounts.
The only exception occurs when staff are dealing with a dispute on an account or are awaiting information to the issue of the refund cheque to the appropriate payee. In each case this will delay the issue of a cheque.
In some instances, cheques are not cashed within the six-month period and in such circumstances, such a cheque will be cancelled and this will result in the rates account again becoming overpaid.
I can confirm there are no long-term overpaid balances on Non-Domestic Rates accounts other than those we are unable to refund due to one of the factors that I have already identified.