You can now manage your business rates account on FifeDirect. You can register at www.fifedirect.org.uk/login
A range of relief or discount schemes are in operation, which you may qualify for.
Rates are payable at 50% of what they would be if the property was occupied, or 90% where the property in question has been unoccupied for more than 3 months.Where a property is classed as industrial, rates are not normally payable for the first 6 months if it is empty. Thereafter rates equal to 90% of the rates charge will be levied.
Fresh Start Relief
The Non Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (Scotland) Regulations 2018 expand Fresh Start Relief with effect from 1 April 2018 to include all types of non-domestic properties. The qualifying period that properties must be empty reduces from 12 months to 6 months and the level of relief available increases from 50% - 100%. Relief will continue to be restricted to properties that have a rateable value of £65,000 or less.
Special Rebates – Disabled Persons
A special rebate may be available for premises providing certain facilities which are wholly or mainly for disabled persons who are or have been suffering from illness.
Relief may be available to certain properties in rural areas and charities and other organisations. These must not be established for profit but are used for recreation, religious purposes or concerned with education, social welfare, etc. Contact us for more information.
Small Business Bonus Scheme
Businesses which have individual properties with a rateable value of up to £18,000 and a combined rateable value of £35,000 or less may qualify for relief.
Renewable Energy Generation Relief
To qualify for this scheme businesses must be solely concerned with the generation of heat or power (or both) from renewable energy sources.
New and Improved Property Relief
If your premises is a new build you will not have to pay Business Rates until 12 months after the building was completed. Once occupied, new tenants may qualify for relief for 12 months.
If you expand or make improvements to your property, rates will continue on your old rateable value for 12 months.
Tel: 03451 55 11 55 Contact Business Rates online
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