October 8 2016.

The next few months are going to see some big changes in the world of business rates. There are changes to the way the appeals system works, how business rate relief is calculated and also the upcoming re-valuation.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) is advising members to consider the changes and take appropriate advice.

The FSB has also noted government plans to increase business rates tax on solar panels. The current proposals could see taxes for businesses with rooftop solar installations rise by between six and eight times from April next year. FSB said the tax hike could discourage small businesses from investing in clean energy and further impact those already affected by recent changes to low carbon subsidies.

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