FOI Request - Commercial Building Non Active/Closed Bus Rates A/C

Request 101000290424

Could you please provide me with the following information under the Freedom Of Information Act 2000:-

Addresses, rateable values, property description and occupier details of:

Any commercial property within your Billing Authority, that has a Non Active/Closed  business rates account, and/or is listed as being in administration/liquidation, that has a credit on the account, with the billing date/year that this credit was added.

Response 03-11-2014

Inactive/Closed 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 temporarily becoming overpaid.

I can, therefore, confirm there are no credits on Inactive/Closed 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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