Retail leaders call for rates reform

The Retail Job Alliance, a new group representing some of the UK's largest retailers, is calling on Chancellor Rishi Sunak to overhaul the business rates system.

In a letter to the Chancellor, the group asked for an overall cut in business rates for retail premises, which could be funded through the introduction of a new online sales tax (OST).

The coalition, which includes retail leaders such as Tesco, Greggs and Waterstones hopes the Government will bring more balance to the amount of tax businesses face when comparing physical sales and digital sales.

In February, the Government announced a consultation exploring the possible introduction of an OST. The findings from the consultation will make up part of the Autumn Budget later this year.

The consultation will run until 20 May.

At the time of the announcement, Lucy Frazer, financial secretary to the Treasury, said:

"We want to see thriving high streets and a fair economy as we move forward from the pandemic, which is why our business rates review cut the burden by £7 billion for businesses, and committed to look at an online sales tax - given the imbalance identified by some between online and in-store retailers."

Ask us about your business.

 

Contact us

Essex: 01702 209600
London: 020 7440 9300
Surrey : 01737 773796
Email:
business@venthams.com

Register today

Get free access to our online guides and weekly business newswire.

Register Today: register