Welsh tax devolution going well, says auditor

20 Dec 18

The Welsh Revenue Authority and Welsh Treasury are “working well” to implement plans that shift some tax and borrowing powers from the UK government to the country, the auditor general for Wales has said. 

This year, for the first time in over 800 years, taxes relating to Wales began to be collected by the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh ministers, under fiscal devolution plans.

From April 2019, the income taxes paid by people living in Wales will directly fund public services in the country.

Adrian Crompton, the Welsh auditor general, in a report published today, found the Welsh Revenue Authority was “operating effectively” to administer the land transaction and landfill disposal tax, which were transferred to Wales in April this year.

The report also added the Treasury was “obtaining appropriate assurance” over HMRC’s implementation of Welsh rates of income tax.

Crompton said: “I’m pleased to see that the Welsh Revenue Authority and Welsh Treasury are both working well to prepare and deliver their duties in delivering fiscal devolution in Wales.

“We’re still in a critical phase, with the Welsh rate of income tax being introduced in just over 3 months’ time.”

He added: “My report provides some points to consider, which should help them to continue what is an effective operation so far.”

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