FOI Request - Commercial Property Credit £1000 above

Request 101000285885

Addresses, rateable values (RV), property description and occupier details (where available) of any commercial property within your Billing Authority, that to date (i.e. in September 2014) has a credit listed on their account to the value of £1000 and above, with the date that this credit was added.

Response 20-10-2014

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.

Newly-created credits are quickly refunded by users and this 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 allow the issue of the refund cheque to the appropriate payee.

In addition to these factors, some cheques are not cashed within the six-month period which will result in such a cheque being cancelled and the rates account again becoming overpaid.

I can, therefore, confirm there are no credits of £1,000 on Non-Domestic Rates accounts other than those the Council is currently unable to refund due to one of the factors that I have identified.

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