Business rates fraud increase is driving Councils to take action
Developing a long term solution for business rates fraud
Plans for further development are underway ensuring the long-term viability of HUB, incorporating additional datasets from the Charity Commission and HMRC Community Amateur Sport Club. The ability to match against these datasets will mean that Authorities can verify whether ratepayers are still classed as Charities and Sport Clubs and therefore still entitled to obtain relief.
Paul Manning, Revenues Manager at Cheshire East Council another HUB user says “The Destin HUB is incredibly easy to use and has so far proven very effective. It has played a fundamental role in our Small Business Rates Review and has so far identified and confirmed around 17 cases where Small Business Rates Relief has been awarded incorrectly with a potential 30 pending further enquires.”
Collective feedback suggests that Small Business Rates Relief can have a big impact on Local Authority income and a tool like this can help identify thousands of pounds worth of incorrect awards. Tackling tax avoidance and fraud has never been more important in an era where many Authorities are struggling financially and operating with restricted budgets.
Industry Update at Farnham Castle Find out more about how Councils are addressing business rates fraud at a complimentary Open Day being held on February 7th 2019 at Farnham Castle in Surrey.
Hear from Authorities and industry experts on the latest tools and tactics being used to tackle fraud and avoidance. More details >