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The Government has introduced a business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England for the 2020 to 2021 tax year.

Businesses that received the retail discount in the 2019 to 2020 tax year will be rebilled by their local authority as soon as possible. 


You are eligible for the business rates holiday if: 

  • your business is based in England 
  • your business is in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector 

Properties that will benefit from the relief will be occupied hereditaments that are wholly or mainly being used: 

  • as shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues 
  • for assembly and leisure 
  • as hotels, guest & boarding premises and self-catering accommodation 
How to access the scheme 

There is no action for you. This will apply to your next council tax bill in April 2020. However, local authorities may have to reissue your bill automatically to exclude the business rate charge. They will do this as soon as possible. 

(update 30/04) If you haven’t yet received your grant it is advised to contact your local council as all areas are dealing with the grant individually and have their own processes and we have been informed of some cases where the payment has not be made automatically even after initially being advised it would be. 

You can estimate the business rate charge you will no longer have to pay this year using the business rates calculator. 

Further guidance for local authorities is available in the expanded retail discount guidance. 


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