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What is a Uniform Business Rate?

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  • Written By: Luke Arthur
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  • Last Modified Date: 09 June 2018
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Uniform business rate is a term used in the United Kingdom to determine how much money commercial property owners have to pay to the government. This is a multiplier used in conjunction with the rent generated by a piece of property. The money is collected by local governments and is distributed to the country as a whole.

Businesses in England and Wales have to pay a certain amount of money to the government every year for commercial property. The uniform business rate is used to determine exactly how much money will be paid to the government. The uniform business rate is set by the central government in these countries. The rate also changes with changes in the inflation rate every year.

The money collected as a result of paying the uniform business rate is collected by the local governments. The local governments then passed the money onto the central government in the country. The money from this tax is then distributed to the cities in the country depending on the population of each one. In England and Wales, the uniform business rate is usually close to 50%.

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When this policy was introduced in 1990, it met with a great deal of controversy. Most commercial property owners did not want to have an increase in taxes. They also did not want to pay taxes based on the amount of rent collected from the properties. This policy increased the amount of money that was paid by commercial property owners and has been hotly debated ever since.

Every five years, the rate at which each business is taxed is re-evaluated and could change depending on several factors. The agency that takes care of this process is called the Valuation Office Agency. If the commercial property is used for a small business, the uniform business rate can be reduced. If the property is vacant, a deduction in the rate will also be applied.

This process is similar to the property tax system used in the United States. With the United States system, each county sets the rate at which residents are taxed for a property by using a millage rate. The big difference is that the property taxes are based on the value of the property itself instead of on the value of the market rent.

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