FOI Request - Business Rate Accounts (2)

Request 101000238280

This request is made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and further to a decision of the Information Tribunal in England and the London Borough of Bexley v Information Commissioner 2007.

In accordance with the above, I hereby request a list of Business Rate accounts that meet the following criteria:

•   Current overpayment/credit shown for any financial year if credit balance hasn't been carried forward.
•   Accounts where a 'write on' has been used since 1st April 2000 to cancel an overpayment which has not since been reversed.

I would request that the list contains the following information:

•  Ratepayer name (Information is only requested where the ratepayer is a company and not an individual as I appreciate this is limited by the Data Protection Acts).
•  Address of property concerned.
•  Amount of overpayment/write on.
•  If possible, the period/financial year relating to overpayment/credit/write on.

Response 01-05-2014

Non-Domestic Rate accounts in credit as the result of an adjustment or an overpayment are routinely dealt with by the Council's Revenues staff. Newly-created credits are quickly refunded and this ensures that credit balances do not remain on accounts.

The only exception to this occurs when staff deal with a dispute on an account or are awaiting information to the issue of the refund cheque to the appropriate payee. This may delay the issue of a refund-cheque.  Some cheques are not cashed within the six-month period and in such circumstances, such a cheque will be cancelled and this will result in the rates account again becoming overpaid.

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.

I can also confirm that no overpayments have currently been written on to Non-Domestic Rates accounts.

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