Business Rates Holiday

Business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

The government will introduce a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.  Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will be rebilled by their local authority as soon as possible.

Eligibility

You are eligible for the business rates holiday if:

your business is based in England

your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector

How to access the scheme

You don’t need do anything. This will be done automatically by the local authority.  However, local authorities may have to reissue your bill automatically to exclude the business rate charge. They will do this as soon as possible.

Support for businesses that pay little or no business rates

The government will provide additional Small Business Grant Scheme funding for local authorities to support small businesses that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief (SBBR), rural rate relief (RRR) and tapered relief. This will provide a one-off grant of £10,000 to eligible businesses to help meet their ongoing business costs.

Eligibility

You are eligible if:

your business is based in England

you are a small business and already receive SBBR and/or RRR

you are a business that occupies commercial property

How to access the scheme

You do not need to do anything. Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible for this grant.  Guidance for local authorities on the scheme will be provided shortly.

Any enquiries on eligibility for, or provision of, the reliefs and grants should be directed to the relevant local authority.

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