Boston business rates crackdown nets £1million

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.

A crackdown on unrated and under-rated businesses over the last year has resulted in Boston Borough Council finding an extra £1million to be collected.

The council says its new “business rates assurance function” has uncovered 61 new businesses and 111 under-rated business premises.

We do not have a bigger rates avoidance problem than anyone else, but we are determined that everyone should pay their fair dues in accordance with legislation.

Finance portfolio holder Aaron Spencer

These cases represent £678,270 to be collected yearly and there are plenty more cases in the pipeline.

Cash will be shared between Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council and the Government.

Council portfolio holder for finance Aaron Spencer said: “This is about detecting and remedying deliberate or accidental rates avoidance to ensure that everyone is paying the correct amount.

“This will result in equity among our business ratepayer community and help us to keep the council tax down.

“We do not have a bigger rates avoidance problem than anyone else, but we are determined that everyone should pay their fair dues in accordance with legislation.

“We are receiving and uncovering leads on a daily basis from a wide variety of sources and we are very grateful to those that have supported us with this new function.

“I would urge any business not currently getting a rate bill, or any existing business which is not sure whether they are paying the correct amount of business rates, to contact us to be certain of their position as soon as they can.”

• Business owners who think their rates are out of date can visit www.gov.uk/correct your business rates or call the borough council on 01205 314200.