Payment problems

Reminders and final notices

We are aware that sometimes money may be tight and that might make it difficult to pay your business rates on time. If you have received a reminder or final notice, it is because you have failed to pay as requested on your latest business rates bill.

If you have paid the full amount shown on the notice within the five days prior to receiving your reminder or final notice, you may ignore the reminder/final notice.

If you have not made a payment, the full amount shown as arrears is now due.

Reductions

You may be entitled to a reduction on your business rates through:

Outstanding payments

Please note that the amount shown on your reminder or final notice will remain due throughout any appeal, application for exemption or relief you choose to make.

Taking further action

Do not ignore the notice you have received. If you do not make a payment we will have no option but to take the next step in the recovery process - issuing a summons. This will incur costs of £130.00, added onto your bill and payable by you.

If you cannot pay the full amount shown on the reminder or final notice please contact us. We may be able to help you further.

When you are sent a final notice your right to pay by instalments for the current year is lost. However, we may be prepared to reinstate your instalments if you agree to set up a direct debit so that we can deduct these instalments directly from your bank account as they become due. Find out about ways to pay business rates.

However, you should not elect to pay by this method if you are unable to afford the instalments as bank charges will be incurred should your bank not honour the payment.

Recovery action taken by the council for collection of Business rates debt will not affect your credit rating and you will not be "black listed" as a result.

The fact that you have received notices or court summons in one financial year will not affect your right to pay your Business rates by instalments in the next financial year.

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