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Lancashire businesses face steep rates rise next April

Organisations in Lancashire which are liable for business rates are set to face a major potential financial crisis in April 2023, with an average expected rise of around 41% in business rates, according to Jonathan Young, head of northern business rates advice at property consultants Matthews & Goodman.

The rise, due to be introduced on 1 April 2023, follows the Valuation Office’s (VO) recent completion of a nationwide revaluation of (non-domestic) properties liable for business rates.

Commenting for Matthews & Goodman, Jonathan Young said: “Given everyone’s current focus on cost management, it’s important that business leaders don’t ignore the implications of this revaluation – because it’s only six months away.

“The reality is experts believe that the average rates bill in Lancashire will rocket up by around 41% compared with an expected average increase across the country of 35% and this at a time when every organisation is already suffering from crippling energy and staffing cost rises.

“The anticipated rises are based on the rental values which vary according to location and property type. I strongly advise any ratepayer to seek advice from a business rates specialist to make sure that their position is clear.”

With regards current rates – which can be backdated to April 2017 – Jonathan Young urges ratepayers to remember that there is still an opportunity to review their current business rates liabilities, as reductions can still be achieved via the Check, Challenge and Appeal process – but he does stress that applications should start as soon as possible as the cut-off date is 31 March 2023.

Matthews & Goodman is also warning that according to the government’s report into the future of business rates, the April 2023 changes could ultimately lead to fines being imposed on businesses if they fail to confirm that data held by the VO on their properties is correct. They could also be fined if the VO is not notified of any alterations undertaken to properties.

“It would be in every ratepayer’s interest to contact us or their business rates specialist to determine how best to mitigate their future business rates risks,” advises Jonathan Young.

“My strong advice is to get professional, expert and experienced business rates advice –– and get it soon.”

Sam Allcock
Sam Allcockhttps://businesslancashire.co.uk/
Sam Allcock is a highly regarded digital entrepreneur with over 20 years’ experience in online marketing for some of the World’s biggest brands. He has extensive knowledge and experience in SEO and digital marketing. He is based in Cheshire but has an interest in all things going on in the North West and enjoys contributing local news to the site.


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