FOI Request - Business Rates Accounts

Request 101000337029

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 please can you provide me with the information in relation to business rates accounts in your area : (Please note : we are not requesting data of any companies that are a sole trader or an individual and only require information relating to Limited companies).

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

(b) The names and addresses of the ratepayer of the property referred to in (a)  if they are NOT a sole trader or individual.

(c) The amount by which the account is in credit

(d) The rating year that the credit arose

Response 27-04-2015

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.

(e) The date the information was generated.

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