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Commercial rates are an annual charge on commercial property to pay for the general provision of services of local authorities. Commercial rates are payable on commercial, industrial and some other non-domestic properties. Local authorities calculate commercial rates liabilities on the basis of valuations provided to them by the Valuation Office.
Rates are a tax levied on commercial property. They are not a charge for specific services rendered. Properties assessed for rates includes buildings, railways, tolls, shops, factories, offices, etc
Rateable valuation is the tax base. It is based on the net annual letting value of a property (i.e. rent payable on the open market etc.). Rateable valuations for all properties in the state are determined by the commissioner of valuation and set out in the valuation list, which is updated regularly.
Generally the person liable for the payment of rates is the person in occupation of a rateable property at the date of the making of the rate.
Rates are based on two main elements:
An estimate of your rates liability for 2018 can be computed as follows :
Take the value set out in the Final Valuation Certificate received from the Valuation Office (e.g. €15,000)
Take the indicative Annual Rate on Valuation (ARV) for 2018 of 0.183
Multiply A x B giving your estimated rates liability for 2018 (e.g. €15,000 x 0.183 = €2,745)
Persons aggrieved at the valuation on their property may submit the property for revision online at www.valoff.ie, subject to the payment of a fee of €250.00 per valuation record.
The Valuation Office is contactable as follows:
The Local Government Reform Act, 2014 provides for a wide range of reforms to local authority functions, structures and funding, and includes a number of changes in respect of commercial rates.
Failure to notify Westmeath County Council of a change in interest within 14 days of the transfer date, may result in a penalty for non-compliance in that, the owner becomes liable for an amount which is equivalent to the level of outstanding liabilities (up to a maximum of 2 years liability).
This obligation comes into effect on 1st July, 2014