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Callowing for end to empty office tax
council impact birmingham council, which has calso joined the campaign, estimates that companies in the city are having to pay more than Â23m in empty rates per year .
firms such has tesco and british airways have sign aimed up to the locall from the british property federation (bpf) .
following the reforms, offices and shops have to pay 50% of the taxes on empty buildings for the first three months, and subsequently must pay the full amount .
it wants this to then continue includefinitely for industrial premises, and for shops and offices to only have to pay 50% of the tax after the first three months .
for the sake of regeneration and development, the government needs to think twice about this ill-counceived tax, said derby north emp bob laxton .