SMALL businesses across Thurrock are being warned they do not have to pay another organisation to apply for rate relief of up to 100 per cent.
Thurrock Council has received some requests, from agents, for Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) to be applied to local businesses.
There is no need for an agent to be involved – for a fee or without a fee – as the business themselves need only contact the council and complete a form for assessment for qualification – they can apply direct to the council to find out if they qualify for SBRR.
Businesses are also made aware of SBRR through the explanatory notes on business rate demand notices. Details are also on the council’s website’s business section (http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/business/content.php?page=rates).
A small business is one where the rateable value is below £18,000 and even if a small business doesn’t qualify its rates will automatically be calculated using the small business multiplier instead of the standard one.
Applications where a business qualifies can be backdated to 1 April 2010 and applications are available by calling 01375 652960.
Until 31 March 2014, business properties with a rateable value of £6,000 or less qualify for 100 per cent relief – that is no business rate charge at all.