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Relief and Exemptions

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15. Expanded Retail Discount 2021/2022

Expanded Retail Discount for 2021/2022

As announced at the Budget on 3 March 2021 by the Chancellor, the government will continue to provide eligible retail, hospitality and leisure properties in England with 100% business rates relief from 1 April 2021 to 30 June 2021.

This will be followed by 66% business rates relief for the period from 1 July 2021 to 31 March 2022, capped at £2 million per business for properties that were required to be closed on 5 January 2021, or £105,000 per business for other eligible properties.             

This Expanded Retail Discount scheme Government guidance sets out the criteria which central government considers for the purpose of this scheme to be eligible for this discount. The guidance does not replace existing legislation.

We have continued the Expanded Retail Discount scheme relating to the 2020/2021 year and confirm that this 100% discount scheme has been extended by 3 months, ending on 30 June 2021.

If you do not want to receive the Expanded Retail Discount or if you will exceed the cash cap, you can opt out. However once you have asked to opt out you cannot change your decision.

To opt out of the Expanded Retail Discount scheme please complete our Expanded Retail Discount Opt-Out form

 

Expanded Retail Discount for 2020/2021

Following the announcement on 23 March 2020 of further measures to limit the spread of coronavirus, the Government confirmed that that some of the exclusions for this relief, such as estate agents and letting agents, had been removed. This was to ensure that retail, leisure, and hospitality properties that will have been forced to close as a result of the COVID-19 restriction measures were eligible for the relief.

The 2020/21 Expanded Retail Discount guidance sets out the criteria which central government considers for the purpose of this scheme to be eligible for this discount. The guidance does not replace existing legislation.