Press releases

Charitable rates relief

The Court of Session has overturned the decision by Aberdeen City Council (“ACC”) to refuse charitable business rates relief and reaffirmed that, for the purpose of determining whether property is ‘wholly or mainly’ used for charitable purposes, “the mere fact that ...

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Reverse vending machines

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced that retailers which install a reverse vending machine (RVM) will benefit from rates relief. Speaking at the Scottish Grocers’ Federation (SGF) annual conference in Glasgow, the First Minister said: “We recognise the global climate emer...

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Government pledges 2% tax on online retail

The Northern powerhouse and high streets minister has promised to extend the Digital Services Tax to include a 2% charge on online retail In answers to questions on the Future High Streets Fund in the House of Commons last week, Jake Berry, the parliamentary under-secretary of stat...

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Government launches business rates inquiry

The Treasury Committee will examine how business rates policy has changed, alternatives to property-based taxes, such as the proposed digital services tax, and how changes to business rates could impact businesses. The review has been welcomed by the Association of Convenience Stores. Chief execu...

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Are retailers using CVAs as a business rates workaround?

As retailers are faced with rising business rates to pay, CVAs could become a surprisingly appealing option for embattled high street traders. The Sunday Times reported that retailers were using CVAs to reduce their business rates bill. While CVAs have received a fair amount of press ...

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The Rise of the Virtual High Street

A UK parliamentary committee has recommended a levy on internet-only retailers like Amazon and Asos in order to level the playing field against high street shops who have to pay business rates on their shops. Being very much up with the times, the committee of MPs noted that there had "been...

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