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16 May 2018

Ratepayers urged to submit evidence now for business rates revaluation

Land & Property Services (LPS), part of the Department of Finance, is contacting business ratepayers week commencing 23rd April to collect rental data for the non-domestic rates revaluation - Reval2020.

Business ratepayers and their advisors in Northern Ireland are obliged to provide rental evidence to LPS with a view to preparing a new Valuation List for use from April 2020.

Letters explaining how ratepayers can submit information are being sent to occupiers of commercial premises. LPS will use this information to analyse and interpret the current market and assess the rental value of each and every rateable property, which then will be used to calculate individual business rate bills from 1 April 2020.

Alan Brontë, Commissioner of Valuation for Northern Ireland said:

"This is a key stage in the process of revaluing around 75,000 properties occupied by businesses and other bodies.

I would urge all business ratepayers to submit the necessary information to enable us to make the system fairer for all; this is not an exercise in raising more money for public services.

Regular revaluations maintain fairness in the rating system by ensuring that the system of business rates adjusts to reflect the changes in the property market over the past 5 years."

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