Dyfed Alsop, Chief Executive
|Non-ministerial government department overview|
|Formed||1 October 2017|
|Headquarters||QED Centre, Treforest, Pontypridd|
|Non-ministerial government department executives|
Welsh Revenue Authority is accountable to the Welsh Parliament.
For over 800 years most taxes in Wales had been collected by the UK Government. The Welsh Revenue Authority was formed in 2017 the first non-ministerial government department of the Welsh Government, in anticipation of it becoming responsible for collecting taxes devolved to the Welsh Parliament under the terms of the Wales Act 2014 and 2017. The 2017 Act also gave the Welsh Parliament powers to vary the basic rate of income tax by 10p, but this will be administered by HMRC.
The Tax Collection and Management (Wales) Act 2016, which establishes the legal basis for the operation of the Welsh Revenue Authority, was passed by the Welsh Parliament in April 2016.
The Welsh Revenue Authority was officially established to collect Wales' newly devolved taxes - the first Welsh-wide tax collection system for over 800 years.
The Wales Act 2014 and Wales Act 2017 devolved the following taxes to the Welsh Parliament:
The relevant legislation governing the Welsh Tax Authority and Welsh taxes are:
The Board of the Welsh Revenue Authority is composed of six members. Its main role is to develop and approve the Welsh Revenue Authority's overall strategy, approve final business plans and advise the Chief Executive on key appointments. It also performs an assurance role and advises on best practice.
Kathryn Bishop was appointed as Chair. The Board members currently are:
There was a three phase process in the selection the head office of the authority. Phase 1 and 2 drew up a short-list of viable locations from within the Welsh Government estate. This considered six properties located in Sarn Mynach in Llandudno Junction, Rhodfa Padarn in Aberystwyth, Rhydycar Business Park in Merthyr Tydfil, the QED Centre in Treforest (near Pontypridd), Cathays Park in Cardiff and Picton Terrace in Carmarthen.
Phase 3 of the process appraised the short-listed locations based on three agreed critical of the ability to attract and retain skilled workforce, the proximity to stakeholders and the proximity to customers. From this process three Welsh Government offices were available which could have potentially meet the criteria, Cathays Park, Rhydycar Business Park and the QED Centre. The Rhydycar Business Park site was assessed as being higher risk in its ability to attract key skills and being its location in relation to its customer base. The QED Centre near Pontypridd was ultimately chosen as the site of the authority.