If you do not pay your Business Rates or pay late, we will take action against you.
You should always pay your Business Rates instalments by the first day of each month between April and the following January. If you would like to spread your Business Rates payments over 12 months, please contact us
You must pay the instalments even if you dispute the amount due.
If you have any questions please contact us immediately. Until we send you a new bill you must pay the original amount. If any changes we make to your bill mean you have paid too much, we will refund the difference or deduct that amount from a future bill.
We can make alternative payment arrangements, however this is at our discretion and we are not obliged to do so. We will usually only agree to this if you set up a Direct Debit to pay the arrangement.
We will pursue late payments quickly. If you miss a Business Rates instalment, we will send a reminder notice giving you seven days to bring the payments up to date.
If you fail to make a payment on time as set out in your bill, or if we send you a second reminder, we will ask you to pay the full outstanding balance within seven days (that is the full amount for the rest of the year).
If you do not pay this amount within seven days, we will issue you with a court summons. We will add costs of £61.00 to your bill.
Once we issue a summons we will only consider setting up a repayment plan over the remaining months of the financial year and no further. This will be on the condition we obtain a 'liability order' from the Magistrates Court. We will include the court costs in the repayment plan.
It is very unlikely you will need to attend the hearing in person. Please contact us if you wish to discuss the matter on getting a summons.
If the court grants a liability order we will pass the case to our Enforcement Agent for collection. You can avoid this happening by agreeing a repayment plan with us - phone us on 01643 703704 to set one up.
It is not a legal defence to say you have money problems or you should be getting a reduction. You should always contact us to discuss your circumstances - there's a good chance we can resolve the matter.
If we take you to court to obtain a liability order, we will assume you have received all the bills and reminders (notices) we have sent to you unless you can prove you did not receive them.
Notices only need to be sent to your last known address. If you have moved without telling us it is not a defence to claim the notices were sent to an old address.
Revenues and Benefits Service
West Somerset House
Telephone: 01643 703704