Fair Rates for all?

Increasingly around the island there are "entrepreneurs" running businesses from their homes and garages e.g. electricians, gardening services, plumbers, dog groomers etc. Their vehicles have the business logos and telephone numbers but no registered addresses as they are running said businesses from their main residence. While they may be getting tax relief from running their business from home, are they paying a pro-rata amount of commerical rateable value on the portion of their property which is involved in running their business?  As the information on self-exployed persons sits with the Tax Office then a cross check with the Rateable Value team, (also in Treasury) would be easy to cross check.

Why the contribution is important

While self-emploment is to be encouraged,  running such enterprises from domestic premises but not paying 'commerical rates' is unfair and unreasonable especially on neighbours who have to tolerate their vans, noise, excess waste, delivery of goods and materials these business use etc. If said individuals are so commercially savvy why are they not running their businesses from commerical premises and paying the going rate? It is also unfair on other traders in the same line of work who are "playing by the rules', and to Treasury who are not getting the appropriate income. 

by Galen on April 18, 2017 at 03:21PM

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  • Posted by charlie April 18, 2017 at 18:17

    Interesting thought process, I'd take it one step further and check if they have planning permission for running the business from home. All those extra planning fees could come in handy.
  • Posted by Remember196 April 19, 2017 at 22:51

    Rates on commercial premises are less than domestic and commercial premises get a 50% discount on water rates so this does not sound like a cost saving to the MUA and rating authorities who receive rate income.
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