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Understanding my business rates bill

Business rates sample bill

Important information about your bill

At the budget on 3rd March 2021, the Chancellor announced that eligible ratepayers would continue to receive 100% Expanded Retail Rate Relief and Nursery Relief Schemes for the first three months of the financial year 2021/22 - 1st April 2021 to 30th June 2021. If applicable, your bill will show this reduction as shown below on the Bottom section of a bill with zero balance.

From 1st July 2021, subject to continued eligibility, relief will reduce to 66% until 31st March 2022. You will be issued with a new bill at that time with instalments to pay. This reduction will end on 31st March 2022. As requested by Central Government, Harrow Council delayed issuing Annual Business Rate bills until after the announcement on the 3rd March 2021. This meant there was insufficient time to give notice for the 1st April payment date, and so for April only the instalment date is the 20th April 2021, From May onwards all future instalment dates will revert to the 1st of the month

Top section of the bill

Sample of the top section of a business rates bill for 2021-22

  1. This is the address you have given us for your bill to be sent to.
  2. This is the address that the bill is for.
  3. This shows the reason why we have sent a bill
  4. This is the description of the property
  5. This shows the rateable value given by the Valuation Office
  6. This shows the multiplier used to work out your bill
  7. This shows your transitional calculation

    Middle section of the bill

    Sample of the middle section of a business rates bill for 2021

     

  8. This is how you have chosen to pay your bill, for example by Direct Debit.
  9. These are the dates your instalment payments are due
  10. This tells you if you have paid less or too much for the previous year.  If you have not paid enough, in the previous year the outstanding amount will show here. If you have paid too much, this will be used to reduce your current year’s bill.

    Bottom section of a bill with a balance due Sample of the bottom section of a business rates bill for 2021

  11. This tells you the rateable value of your property, the dates the charge relates to
  12. This tells you about any reliefs, exemptions that you receive and the transitional calculation you receive. It also tells you the dates and the amount by which we have reduced your yearly charge. 
  13. This tells you the total amount that you need to pay. The amount will be reflected in your instalments. If your balance is nil then you do not have to pay anything. If you have paid too much from a previous year and it is more than the amount payable for the current year you also do not have to pay. In both cases you will not have any instalments.

    Bottom section of a bill with zero balance

    Sample of the bottom section of a business rates bill for 2021 with zero balance
  14. The 2021/22 Expanded Retail Rate Relief Scheme & The 2021/22 Nursery Relief Scheme. At the budget on 3rd March 2021, the Chancellor announced that eligible ratepayers would continue to receive 100% Expanded Retail Rate Relief and Nursery Relief Schemes for the first three months of the financial year 2021/22 - 1st April 2021 to 30th June 2021. If applicable, your bill will show this reduction. From 1st July 2021, subject to continued eligibility, relief will reduce to 66% until 31st March 2022. You will be issued with a new bill at that time with instalments to pay. This reduction will end on 31st March 2022.