BUSINESS RATE ARREARS
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If the reason for non payment of your Business Rates is because of genuine hardship, business closure, illness etc, this template letter can be sent to the Local Authority requesting consideration in remitting/writing off all, or part of the debt.
LETTER TO LOCAL AUTHORITY TO REQUEST WRITING OFF BUSINESS RATES.
To: Finance Department.
Re: BILLING REFERENCE No: (enter reference number)
I am writing to you with regards to the arrears of my Business Rates. I am informed that under Section 49 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, you have the discretion to remit/write off, all or part of my uniform Business Rates, depending on my individual circumstances.
I would be grateful if you could provide me with the necessary forms for completion, so that I can apply under the above act, as I am unable to afford to pay this bill due to (enter brief description of the circumstances:….. for instance:
• I am no longer trading following the closure of my business….
• I am now dependant upon benefits….
• Not working due to ill health…
• The business is important to the local community because, (there is provision for certain businesses to get help in rural areas)
While my application is being considered, could you please ensure that any enforcement action is withheld.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your assistance in this matter, and if you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Note: Please ensure that you keep a copy of your letter.