Scam Alert

Alert message sent 02/03/2020 13:23:00

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Hello resident,
                      below is a current Scam.  Information supplied by Halton Trading Standards.
Business Rates Scam Calls
Halton Borough Council - Business Rates Team has today been receiving calls from business rates payers, saying they have been contacted by the Council regarding discrepancies with their bills. This is a scam. Halton Council’s Business Rates Team would never telephone a ratepayer to say their rateable value may be incorrect because it is not the Council that values properties, it is the Valuation Office Agency (part of the Inland Revenue).
It is suspected that these calls are from a company that wants to appeal the rateable value on the ratepayers behalf and then charge them a fee.  However, if ratepayers believe their rateable value may be incorrect, they can appeal it for free directly with the Valuation Office Agency via their website  https://www.tax.service.gov.uk/business-rates-find/search 
For information about any business rate reliefs or any other queries, the ratepayer can contact HBC directly on 0151 511 8932 or business.rates@halton.gov.uk

Hope this is of use?
Many thanks
Paul
Paul Mines
PCSO 7526
 
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Paul Mines (Police, Community Support Officer, Widnes PCSO)

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