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What is the rateable value of these premises?
That is well above the exemption limit at GBP 2899 so the imposition of business rates on empty premises is correct. It would be possible to set this expenditure against your employment income were you in business, but from the tenor of your question you closed it some years ago. You would have been better advised to keep it running whilst you are still lumbered with commercial premises and offset the loss. I doubt if HMRC will permit you to reopen it if you had formally closed it down and notified the taxman to that effect. You could always try though.
I am so sorry to have to impart such gloomy news.
Try having a go at HMRC to attempt to wriggle out of your business closure as an honest mistake as you were not aware of the shop retention situation and the financial consequences thereof. It is always worth having a try!
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