Administration of business rates in England

This discussion paper on Business Rates looks at how property was valued, how often are reviewed, how the bills are set, how the rate is collected and availability of information and suggests options for reform.  It is clear that government want to reduce the financial burden on them in undertaking the reviews.  However individual valuations are important because of the wide variation in rural property, location and business type.  We also expect the Valuation Office Agency to be open and to act fairly.

CLA69 - Saving VAT on work to heritage and other existing buildings

There is a widespread concern that VAT at 20 percent is forcing owners of heritage to cancel or cut back work, both repair work and alteration vital to the long-term health of heritage buildings. This handbook points out the many ways in which VAT can be saved, in the hope that this will enable owners to continue to modernise and repair their heritage and other existing buildings.

Reform to perform - simplify taxes for small business units to increase enterprise

The contribution from rural areas to the nation - a quarter of UK population,
30% of its employment and economic output, and 80% of its land area - shows that
the success of the countryside matters. Following the foot and mouth outbreak of
2001 regeneration of the countryside is high on the political agenda, and the
'Curry Report' on 'Farming and Food - a Sustainable Future' has proposed far
reaching recommendations, which CLA supports.

Reform to perform - simplify taxes for small business units to increase enterprise

The contribution from rural areas to the nation - a quarter of UK population,
30% of its employment and economic output, and 80% of its land area - shows that
the success of the countryside matters. Following the foot and mouth outbreak of
2001 regeneration of the countryside is high on the political agenda, and the
'Curry Report' on 'Farming and Food - a Sustainable Future' has proposed far
reaching recommendations, which CLA supports.

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