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Brian Hay
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Michael Oliver
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Charlie Mullins

Rate date

Business rating specialists are warning hoteliers they have just weeks left to reclaim tens of thousands of pounds each in overpaid business rates from the last five years.

Hoteliers are paying an average of 13.4 per cent per year too much on their business rates and the majority are unaware the rates can be challenged. The deadline for any challenges, however, is 31 March.

Currently hoteliers may be taxed on their expertise, levels of service and the nature of furniture and fittings but rating assessments should be based on the rental values as at 1 April 2008 at a time when property values were falling. Successful appeals result in typical savings of over £21,000.

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