FOI Request - Credit Business Rate Accounts

Request 101000333933

Please could you provide me with some information under the Freedom of Information Act in respect of business rates accounts that are currently in credit, to include the following details:-

1. Account name

2. Address of property

3. Correspondence address

4. Amount of credit

5. Period for which the credit relates

6. Date on which the credit was raised on your system

7. Date on which the business rates account was closed, if applicable

Response 15-04-2015

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 deal with a dispute on an account or await 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 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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