A North-east politician has claimed companies affected by soaring business rates are facing a “shockingly slow” wait for their appeals to be processed.
Some firms in the area are facing an increase of as much as 300% on the tax paid on their properties following a revaluation of rateable values by the Grampian Assessor last year. Many of the traders involved have appealed for the assessor to review the calculations, amid fears paying the heightened levy will push their businesses to the brink.
But it has emerged only 520 out of more than 73,000 of the applications submitted across the country have been processed – a total of 0.7%. The deadline for back payment, in the cases of firms being found to be overtaxed, is 2020.
Conservative North-east MSP Liam Kerr said: “It is shocking businesses are having to wait so long for their appeals to be resolved.”
Mr Kerr has asked Finance Secretary Derek Mackay what action was being taken to speed things up. But the latter argued he couldn’t intervene directly as it is an independent body.