FOI Request - Payment of Business Rates
In accordance with the above Act could I put you to the trouble of providing details of the credits held on your records for ratepayers in respect of payment of Business Rates.
The information I require would be the Ratepayer name, address, credit amount and the financial year the credit sits in. This would only be for Limited Companies (corporate) and Government Bodies and not for individuals (sole traders, partnerships).
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 credit balances do not remain on accounts. The only exception occurs when staff have to deal with a dispute on an account or await information to allow the issue of the refund cheque to the appropriate payee.
In addition to these factors, some cheques are not cashed within the six-month period which will result in such a cheque being cancelled and the rates account again temporarily becoming overpaid.
I can, therefore, confirm there are no credits on Non-Domestic Rates accounts other than those the Council is currently unable to refund due to one of the factors that I have identified.