12-month business rates holiday for retail, hospitality, leisure and nursery businesses

The government has given retail hospitality and leisure businesses in England a business rates holiday for the 2020 to 2021 tax year, and they have also introduced a business rates holiday for nurseries in England for the same year. 

Which businesses are eligible 

Your business is eligible for the business rates holiday if: 

  • Your business is based in England 
  • And is in the retail, hospitality and / or leisure sector, or is a nursery 

The examples provided by HMRC are: 

  • Shops, restaurants, cafes, drinking establishments, cinemas and live music venues 
  • Properties used for assembly and leisure 
  • Hotels, guest and boarding premises and self-catering accommodation 
  • Properties occupied by providers on Ofsted’s Early Years Register 
  • Properties used for the provision of the Early Years Foundation Stage 

How do I get the business rates holiday 

You don’t need to do anything to be able to access this scheme.  If needed local authorities will reissue your bill.  If you don’t get a new bill then you can contact your local authority to see why you haven’t been given the business rates holiday. 

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