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Danny McCance 23 Aug 2017 01:06pm

Trump hotel receives huge tax relief

The Trump Turnberry resort received a property tax rates relief of £110,000 as part of a Scottish business rates bailout aimed at helping ailing businesses

A freedom of information request by the Guardian and Ferret News revealed that the privately owned hotel would benefit from an effective 13.5% cut to its annual business rates bill of £811,000, despite not being the intended target for the rates relief.

The luxury hotel and golf course in Ayrshire, West Scotland, where a suite costs over £800 a night per night, recorded a turnover of £11.4m for the year ending 31 December 2015, according to reports lodged with Companies House.

The bailout, announced by Scottish finance secretary Derek Mackay in February, put a 12.5% cap on any increase on bills for thousands of hotels, pubs and restaurants across Scotland.

This rates relief was brought in after concerns were raised by many in the hospitality sector over the scale of increases and valuation method of the the national revaluation of business rates, which occurred in April.

The rebate was put into effect across the country and applied regardless of the financial state of those involved.

“Our hospitality rates relief is available to 8,500 businesses and 100,000 small business properties – half of all properties – pay no rates at all. It is for businesses to apply for rates relief and for councils to ensure those which do are eligible,” a Scottish government spokesperson told the Guardian.

After being contacted, those at Trump Turnberry said they would not be commenting.

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