Mid Sussex District Council is urging local businesses to check their 2021-22 Business Rates bills carefully as they contain important information about future Covid-19 related discounts.
Business Rate bills for 2021-22 were posted out to all Mid Sussex businesses on 8 April 2021 and will arrive shortly.
In 2020-21, over 1,200 businesses in Mid Sussex that are liable for Business Rates paid no Business Rates at all because of national Business Rate Relief provided by the Government during the Covid-19 pandemic. For some businesses, this will change from 1 July 2021, with many moving to a maximum 66% Business Rates Discount for the rest of the year.
The Council will be asking Mid Sussex businesses to complete a simple online claim form in May to ensure the 66% Business Rate Discount is applied if applicable. Once the application has been approved, new bills will be issued before 1 July 2021 to reflect the new discount.
If any Mid Sussex businesses believe they should have been awarded Business Rate Relief because of the pandemic then they should contact the council immediately by emailing email@example.com. The full Business Rate discount for 2020/21 can be applied retrospectively to local businesses that contact the Council before September 2021.
Kevin Stewart, Mid Sussex District Council Business Unit Leader for Revenues and Benefits said:
“Business Rate Bills for 2021-22 will be delivered to Mid Sussex businesses shortly and it’s really important to examine them thoroughly because they contain important information about discounts for the year ahead.
“Some businesses will receive a lower Business Rates discount from 1 July and we want to ensure everyone is aware of this at an early stage. If any businesses think they will have issues paying the bill, I urge them to contact us as soon as possible so we can arrange appropriate support.”