Business Rates (also known as non-domestic rates) are a tax levied by the government on all commercial premises. The Rateable Value of a property is set by the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) and collected by your local authority.
Oxford County Council is the local governing body responsible for the non-metropolitan county of Oxfordshire. Established in 1889, it is an elected body that is responsible for most local government services. Oxford County business rates are charged on most non-domestic premises. This includes most commercial properties such as department stores and warehouses, which make up the typical economy in the Oxford region.
A typically large industry is the scientific and technical sector, which can also be subject to business rates in Oxford County. Properties such as warehouses in the scientific and technical can be incorrectly valued as usually their use can change over many years, and information may not have been updated with the VOA. This can have a huge impact on business running costs, as business rates can be in the top five costs for a business.
Oxford County also relies heavily on the information and communication sector, which made up 5% of jobs between 2019 and 2020, and is considered a key growth area. Oxford County council business rates relief could apply to many businesses in the information and communication sector. Another large contributor to the economy in Oxford County is the retail industry, where 8.6% of the workforce was employed in 2019-2020. Your business rates in Oxford County can be affected by any disruption or adverse access to your property and backdated savings could apply to the beginning of the Ratings List.
RVA Surveyors offers a ‘no reduction, no fee’ service, giving reassurance to all businesses when tackling their business rates in Oxford County. This means that unless RVA are able to find a reduction in your Council business rates, there is no cost to the business. Whether commercial property owners or tenants, RVA are able to help business rates payers achieve reductions in their business rates across Oxford County and the rest of England and Wales.