The Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium in City AM:
Retailers pay a quarter of all business rates and it is the single largest tax paid by the industry.
My comment, let's see if they publish it…
You really are ramping up the propaganda. Quite clearly it isn't. Retailers pay £7 billion business rates (quasi rent) and over £40 billion in VAT, with tens of billions in PAYE/NIC (not sure how much).
So in truth, business rates is the fourth largest tax paid by retailers, and the economic incidence is of course not on the business itself but on the owner of the building – tenants are shielded from business rates in the long run because every £1 rates pushes down rents by £1.
Funny how you don't complain about rent being a “disincentive to investment” and all that nonsense.