Business lobby groups are urging the government to abandon proposed changes to the business rates appeal system, as part of a consultation that closes next month.
The heads of the British Property Federation, British Retail Consortium, CBI, Federation of Small Businesses and British Chambers of Commerce, among others, have written to communities and local government secretary Sajid Javid over the plans, which they are calling “unjust”.
Ministers want to introduce a law that would mean the Valuation Tribunal for England (VTE) would only be able to order a change to the rateable value of a property if it was decided that the existing valuation was “outside the bounds of reasonable professional judgment”. Currently the VTE is able to order changes wherever it thinks it is appropriate.
In a letter seen by The Daily Telegraph, the lobby groups argued that introducing statutory limitations could lead to legal challenges and companies could sink into hardship if they are required to overpay the tax for several years without a means of challenging the rating system.