Business rate fraud is when a business deliberately gives incorrect or misleading information in order to pay less or no business rates.
There are a number of ways that businesses can commit business rate fraud, including
- Not declaring all of their properties
Businesses are required to declare all of their properties to the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). If a business fails to declare a property, they may be able to avoid paying business rates on that property.
- Declaring a false rateable value
The rateable value of a property is used to calculate business rates. Businesses can commit fraud by declaring a false rateable value for their property. This can result in them paying less business rates than they should.
- Not declaring changes to their business
Businesses are required to notify the VOA of any changes to their business, such as a change in the use of the property or a change in the amount of floor space. If a business fails to notify the VOA of a change, they may be able to avoid paying business rates on the property.
If you suspect that a business is committing business rate fraud, you can report it to us via email
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