BBPA reports pubs overpay £570m in business rates

Business Rates being overpaid BBPA
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The British Beer and Pub Association has reported that pubs overpay their fair share of business rates by £570m annually, as it calls for “root and branch” reform.


With pubs contributing 2.5 percent of all UK business rates despite accounting for just 0.5 percent of rateable turnover, the trade association urged ministers to update legislation.

“As things stand, pubs will overpay on Business Rates to the tune of £570 million a year,” said a BBPA spokesperson. “The bill for this will come through the post once the current relief on Business Rates ends in March 2022.”

“Pubs overpaying on their business rates is fundamentally wrong. Especially as they were one of the most affected sectors by Covid and lockdowns.”

The trade association made the statement as it responded to HM Treasury’s consultation on rate revaluations, which proposes more frequent revaluations.

“While increasing the number of Business Rates revaluations to every three years would be helpful in principle, the proposals from Treasury would mean rate payers have to pay in order to access a better tax regime.”

“Root and branch reform of Business Rates is essential to the future of our sector, which is why we are supporting the Long Live The Local campaign calling for reform of Business Rates in addition to reforming VAT and Beer Duty.”

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