Business rates

Forensic audit

Our Forensic Audit team has minimised property costs and facilitated the recovery of millions of pounds of overpaid business rates.

Our national team of auditors work to uncover lost savings on property rates. Using a “forensic” approach to auditing, we can release real value for your organisation. We carry out a detailed audit of your historic business rate liabilities and consider whether there is the opportunity to apply specialist mitigation initiatives that have been missed previously.

The legal framework governing the calculation and collection of business rates is complex. Errors and anomalies can lie undetected for years. Understanding, interpreting and challenging primary legislation, statutory instruments, case law, practice / guidance notes is fundamental to our success.

Recovery auditing is recognised as best practice by many of the UK’s leading organisations for reducing erroneous payments, improving processes, and enhancing performance. Your entire business rates audit is managed by our auditors; experienced and trained professionals working across a wide array of industries including retail, offices, hotels, the public sector, healthcare, education, infrastructure, manufacturing and industrial and across niche sectors such as Defence, pharmaceuticals, automotive, energy, waste and telecommunications.

Our market leading software allows us to interrogate vast amounts of data, quickly identify recovery opportunities and validate complex liability calculations accurately and efficiently.

Our audit processes identify real recovery opportunities and concentrate on two specific areas:-

  • Review of Valuation Office Agency (VOA) Rating List
  • Review of Billing Authority (BA) process and procedures in respect of liability and payments

GVA Forensic Audits are entirely self-funding and offered on a risk free contingency basis, with no up-front or fixed costs. Our audits are reported on a case by case basis in a simple and concise fashion so that you can see the progress being made and the value being released to your business.

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Business rates
Forensic audit

Our Forensic Audit team provides innovative solutions to minimising property costs and has facilitated the recovery of millions of pounds of overpaid business rates.

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