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Views sought on Non-Domestic Rates Bill 11/04/2019 Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee is set to explore the impact of a Bill that aims to reform non-domestic rates in Scotland.

Views sought on Non-Domestic Rates Bill

Holyrood’s Local Government and Communities Committee is set to explore the impact of a Bill that aims to reform non-domestic rates in Scotland.

Also known as business rates, non-domestic rates are levied on business properties with monies raised used to fund local services. The Bill is the first of its kind to propose wide scale changes to the current system in Scotland.

The Committee is asking for views on the various proposals in the Bill, including mainstream independent schools no longer being able to claim charitable relief. The Bill also aims to address what the Scottish Government describes as a known tax avoidance tactic involving unoccupied or under-used properties.

The Bill was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 25th March 2019 and follows the Barclay review, which made a series of recommendations seeking to enhance and reform non-domestic rates in Scotland.

"Non-domestic rates are the second highest revenue raising tax in Scotland and these reforms could affect a great number of people,” said Committee Convener James Dornan MSP. “We are keen to hear the views of potentially affected organisations and members of the public about the proposed changes to the system, and whether the Government has addressed the issues raised in the Barclay review.”

“We also want to know if people think anything else should be included in this Bill or if more radical reform of the system is needed,” he added.

The call for written views will close on 30th May 2019. It can be found here.

 

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