The UK’s SMEs are calling for business rates to be made both simpler and more flexible.  Overall, the figure stands at 71% wishing for changes, with businesses at the larger end of the scale feeling particularly frustrated.

Business Rates are a tax on business properties set by the government; they are collected by local authorities and are the way that those who occupy non-domestic property contribute towards the cost of local services.

Findings show that:

  • 71% of SMEs want simpler and more flexible business rates
  • 49% would like more government assistance
  • 56% have seen rates rise over the past two years

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