An urgent warning is being sent out to ratepayers in Tendring in a bid to stop them paying out unnecessary cash.

Companies are contacting people about their Business Rates and offering to get them reductions for a fee.

But no one needs to pay a firm to make any arrangements – they just need to contact Tendring District Council (TDC) if they want to discuss their bill.

The Council has recently received a number of calls from ratepayers who have been contacted by a company.

It led to some ending up with a bill of £399 plus VAT, which was total unnecessary.

Paul Honeywood, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Housing, Benefits and Revenues (pictured), said everyone needs to be aware – and not be caught out.

“If anyone is contacted by one of these companies and offered this service for a fee I suggest they contact us first before doing anything else,” he said.

“No ratepayer needs to make any arrangement with any firm. If they are unsure about the business rates they pay they should speak directly to the Council.”

One company has told people that they will be getting a bill from TDC in October and if they sign up with the firm they will get them out of paying.

The next bills are not due to be issued until March 2015 (unless there is a change in circumstances for a ratepayer).

Anyone wanting to call the TDC about their Business Rates should do so on 01255 686266.

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