What are business rates?
Definition of business rates
Business rates are what businesses pay on their offices and factories instead of council tax.
If you have a small business, you may be entitled to small business rate relief to reduce how much you have to pay for business rates.
To find out how much you may have to pay you can enter your business's postcode into this business rates tool from the Valuation Office Agency.
Business rates in England during the coronavirus crisis
From 1st July 2021 until 31st March 2022, a 66% discount on business rates will apply to eligible businesses in England. This relief will be capped at £2 million per business for properties that were required to close on 5th January 2021 and £105,000 for other eligible properties.
Frequently Asked Questions
I work from home, do I have to pay business rates instead of (or as well as) council tax?
That depends on what your business does and what work you carry out at home. Visit the HMRC website for more information on whether or not your business is eligible for business rates.