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Business Rates

How can you find money here?


Charities qualify for 80% relief on Business Rates. Local Councils can also grant a further 20% discount at their discretion to a variety of charity and non-profit making organisations. This often leads to a rebate for the current tax year as well as money off going forward.

Applications are dealt with on a case-by-case basis and the chances of receiving the full discount are increased if your charity benefits people in the local area.

Your chances are also increased if you include a strong statement to explain why you should be granted discretionary rate relief and get this signed by as many people as possible.

Each Local Council is meant to have an application form on its website.

What do you need to do?


  1. Check a bill and see what Business Rates you are paying and whether any discounts apply.
  2. Use the search bar below to find your local council and see what help is on offer - EG whether Discretionary Relief is available.
  1. Use the Council's form to apply. NB for Discretionary Relief you may be asked for copies of your last 2 years' accounts and a written constitution.
  2. If you have any delays or need help, contact us on 07720 297972 or email us at help@backofthesofa.com.
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