Lower council tax hint as business rate loophole is plugged in Boston area

The Boston Borough Council building.
The Boston Borough Council building.
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Villages between Spalding and Boston could benefit from a crackdown on business rate variations which could have hit council services by more than £1 million.

A new business rates “assurance function set up by Boston Borough Council, affecting places such as Kirton, Sutterton, Swineshead and Wyberton, has unearthed an extra £1,008,146 in business rates.

The council found that 61 new businesses and 111 business premises were paying the wrong business rate, resulting in an extra £678,270 to be collected annually from now on.

With more cases in the pipeline, any additional amounts will be shared between the borough council, Lincolnshire County Council and the Government.

Coun Aaron Spencer, portfolio holder for finance at Boston Borough Council, said: “This is about detecting and remedying deliberate or accidental business rates avoidance which will result in equity among our business rate-paying community.”