FOI Request - Business Rates Request

Request 101000196478

Please can you provide me with the following information:

(a) addresses of all commercial properties that currently have a historic credit on their account above £1,000.

(b) the names and addresses of the owners of those properties referred to in (a) if they are a limited company.

(c) The amount by which the account is in credit and the date, or rating year, that the credit arose.

Response 03-12-2013

I would confirm that Non-Domestic Rate accounts which are in credit as the result of an adjustment or an overpayment are routinely dealt with as part of the daily duties of the Council's Revenues staff.

This means that newly-created credits are quickly refunded by users, which ensures that credit balances do not remain on accounts.

The only exception occurs when staff are dealing with a dispute on an account or are awaiting information to the issue of the refund cheque to the appropriate payee. In each case this may delay the issue of a refund-cheque, but the overpaid amount will be refunded as soon as it is possible for the cheque to be issued.

In addition to these factors, some cheques are not cashed within the six-month period and in such circumstances, such a cheque will be cancelled and this will may result in the rates account temporarily becoming overpaid until the ratepayer can be contacted.

I can, therefore, confirm there are no long-term overpaid balances on Non-Domestic Rates accounts other than those the Council is currently unable to refund due to one of the factors that I have already identified.

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