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Rates Management and Audit

Managing and paying business rates demands can be time-consuming and costly. 

At Cushman & Wakefield, our dedicated specialists can manage and report on the entire process of payments, queries and refunds, while helping ensure the lowest possible rates liability for your organisation.

Cushman & Wakefield’s tailored rates management service takes care of all related financial matters including budgets, payments, refund recovery and exemptions. Our leading software infrastructure and governance framework provides peace of mind when it comes to managing payments: alternatively, we can work closely with your in-house payment team when needed.

Our business rates management function comprises several distinct services:

Rates demands, payments and refund recovery
Our team will receive, validate and approve all rates demands, Business Improvement District levies, and other associated charges. Any liability queries are resolved with billing authorities. We also offer a full treasury service ensuring liability instalments are paid on time and revised as required: where applicable, rate refunds are recovered and validated alongside any interest due.

Historic rates audit
Business rates are notoriously complicated – with layers of legislation, statutory instruments and case law often making it difficult to know whether the correct liability has been charged.

Cushman & Wakefield’s historic rates audit service recovers significant funds that should not have been paid to billing authorities, as well as monies held that should have been refunded to ratepayers.

Our experienced audit team are professionals from local authority, audit administration and traditional surveying backgrounds, giving our clients forensic advantage. The audit service is also fully funded – meaning that any costs incurred are funded entirely by the refunds generated.

Financial reporting and budgeting
We can also provide tailored budgets and forecasts alongside regular financial reports whose contents and format meets your requirements.

Want to know more?
If you would like to find out more about our expertise or how we could work with your company, please contact a member of our Business Rates team at any time – we would be delighted to hear from you.

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