From 1 April 2022, ESFA will centrally pay business rates for those academies whose billing authority is implementing the new national non-domestic rates (NNDR) payment process. This means academies in those areas should not pay the 2022 to 2023 business rates bill to the billing authority.
You can check the NNDR payment process your billing authority is implementing by clicking here. We recommend you check this before making payment to avoid any confusion and duplicate payments.
If your billing authority is continuing with the existing NNDR payment arrangements, academies should continue to pay the rates bill for 2022 to 2023 directly to the billing authority and reclaim this from ESFA using the NNDR portal by clicking here.
All academies can submit historic NNDR claims for previously unclaimed years from 2017/18 to 2021/22 providing that the claim is submitted by 31 January 2023. Any NNDR reclaims after 31 January 2023 will not be accepted.
For academies which have opted out of the new NNDR system or whose local authority have decided not to implement the new business rates payments process, then any new claims for 2022/23 should be submitted by 31 January 2023.
The next steps
For help or advice on any outstanding previously unclaimed NNDR claims, please contact your local UHY office.