Multiply the rateable value for your business with a ‘multiplier’ set by the government to estimate your business rates.

A multiplier is the number of pence per pound of rateable value that you’ll have to pay in business rates, before any relief or discounts are deducted.

In Scotland, the ‘multiplier’ is called the ‘poundage rate’.

Multipliers are reviewed every year in line with inflation.

England and Wales

  1. Search by postcode to find the rateable value of your business.

  2. Find the correct multiplier for your size of business and location. Contact your local council to see if you qualify for the small business multiplier.

  3. Multiply your rateable value by the correct multiplier. This shows you how much you will have to pay in business rates (before any relief is deducted).

  4. Take away any business rate relief that you’re entitled to.

Example

Barbara has a business in England (outside the City of London).


The rateable value of her business is £10,000, so she uses the 2013 to 2014 small business multiplier for England (46.2p) to estimate her business rates as follows:


£10,000 (rateable value) x £0.462p (multiplier) = £4,620 (basic business rates)

She may also be eligible for small business rate relief as her rateable value is less than £12,000.

Scotland

Use the Scottish government’s business rates calculator if you’re in Scotland.

You’ll need to know the ‘rateable value’ of your property. You can find it on the Scottish Assessors Association website.

Northern Ireland

If you’re in Northern Ireland, use the calculator on the Department of Finance and Personnel website.

You’ll need to know the ‘net annual value’ of your property. You can find it on the Land & Property Services website.

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