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What Does the Valuation Office Agency Consultation on Business Rates Really Mean? RVA Surveyors Offer Insight

Managing Director of RVA Surveyors, Anthony Hughes, has shared comment on how The Valuation Office Agency’s (VOA) online consultation with the public on freedom of business rates information will affect businesses.

Whether landlords, business owners or leaders, ratepayers and many more, the VOA have asked the public to put forward their opinion. Particularly, on three specific areas: what extra information should be provided, what is needed to judge if a valuation is accurate and fair, and what is considered sensitive data.

As the cost of running a business – from energy prices, wages, to supply issues – rises, taxes and interest rates have risen too in an effort to control inflation. For commercial property owners/tenants/landlords perhaps the most prevalent of this is the commercial property tax known as business rates. Although studies published in 2022 have found that excessive corporate profits have driven almost 59% of inflation throughout the cost-of-living crisis in the UK alone.

Business Rates Have Stayed at the Forefront of a Business’s Costs.

More frequent valuations however have often been a hotly debated topic when it comes to overhauling the UK’s business rates tax system. Perhaps this is the ultimate subject of the VOA’s current venture. A survey in which to determine the popularity of more frequent valuations, as well as other concerns people may have about this particular tax.

“Overhauling the business rates tax system is a very, very frequent discussion.” Anthony Hughes, Managing Director of RVA Surveyors, explains.

“Many believe that more frequent valuations will do the trick, however this is only part of it. A commercial property’s space and usage can change in value, an increase, or a decrease. This then affects what business rates you pay on that property. Unless physical, on-site inspections are conducted on every commercial property to ensure accuracy, the VOA cannot guarantee a fair tax.

The VOA employs almost four thousand people. Roughly half of these are surveyors. It is well within their ability and manpower to conduct physical inspections on every commercial property in a three-year rating list.”

For more information, visit: https://www.rvasurveyors.com/



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