Legislation to reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid will introduce legislation that will reverse the impact of a ‘staircase tax’, which he says has unfairly affected up to a thousand businesses.

The introduction of the Bill means firms who have previously received separate rate bills for operating in an office linked by a communal lift or stairs will be able to choose to have their rates recalculated under the old single bill system and any savings due backdated.

Javid said: “For years firms in adjoining units or rooms rightly received one rates bill, but this court ruling meant they faced multiple bills for operating in an office linked by a communal lift or stairs. This was a completely unreasonable burden on businesses which this legislation will put a stop to. We’re giving those businesses affected the option of getting their rates bills recalculated and any savings due backdated.”

Event Diary

The annual Digital Government conference will be returning to the QEII Centre, London on Thursday 24th May.

On the 16th & 17th of May, UK’s most ambitious SME owners, startup owners, creative leaders and decision makers will take part in what is being Europe’s largest business event.