This week, throughout Mid Ulster, both households and businesses will start receiving their rates bill for 2014/15.
Land & Property Services (LPS), Department of Finance and Personnel, is tasked with issuing rate bills and collecting monies on behalf of the NI Executive and local councils.
Your bill outlines the amount due for the new billing period 2014/15, including any debt that may have been carried forward from previous years, along with any rate relief where applicable.
If there is any information on the bill which is incorrect, or your circumstances have changed, please contact LPS immediately on 0300 200 7801.
Speaking about the rate bills, an LPS spokesperson said: “There are a number of LPS offices across Northern Ireland and staff are always available to help should anyone need to speak to them about their rate bill or if they are in need of assistance with paying their bill. Staff can also provide information on a number of payment options which are available.
The easiest and most convenient method is by Direct Debit. Around 45% of ratepayers avail of this service as it enables the cost of the rate bill to be spread over a 10 month period and helps to ease any financial pressure.
“There is a choice of three collection dates for Direct Debit – 7th, 15th or 28th of each month.”
Like previous years, there is a wide range of other payment methods available to customers such as: standing order, telephone and internet banking, cheque or by using the ‘Rates QuickPay Card’. This is accepted in any Post Office and around 800 participating Payzone outlets.
Further information on rates is available on the nidirect website: www.nidirect.gov.uk/rates