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Welsh Revenue Authority

Welsh Revenue Authority
Awdurdod Cyllid Cymru
Welsh Revenue Authority logo.png
Dyfed Alsop CEO of the WRA.jpg
Dyfed Alsop, Chief Executive
Non-ministerial government department overview
Formed1 October 2017 (2017-10-01)
JurisdictionWales
HeadquartersQED Centre, Treforest, Pontypridd
Employees50 (2017)
Minister responsible
Non-ministerial government department executives
  • Dyfed Alsop, Chief Executive
  • Kathryn Bishop, Chair
Key document
Websitebeta.gov.wales/welsh-revenue-authority

Welsh Revenue Authority (Welsh: Awdurdod Cyllid Cymru) is a non-ministerial department of the Welsh Government responsible for the administration and collection of devolved taxes in Wales.

Welsh Revenue Authority is accountable to the Welsh Parliament.

History

For over 800 years most taxes in Wales had been collected by the UK Government.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3]

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.[4]

The Welsh Revenue Authority was officially established to collect Wales' newly devolved taxes - the first Welsh-wide tax collection system for over 800 years.[5]

Devolved taxes

The Wales Act 2014 and Wales Act 2017 devolved the following taxes to the Welsh Parliament:[6]

The relevant legislation governing the Welsh Tax Authority and Welsh taxes are:

  • Tax Collection and Management (Wales) Act 2016
  • Land Transaction Tax and Anti-avoidance of Devolved Taxes (Wales) Act 2017
  • Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act 2017

Governance structure

The Minister responsible for the Welsh Revenue Authority is the Minister for Finance, Rebecca Evans MS. Dyfed Alsop was appointed as CEO to lead the organisation [7]

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.

Board

Kathryn Bishop was appointed as Chair. The Board members currently are:[8]

  • Kathryn Bishop, Chair
  • Dyfed Edwards, Deputy Chair
  • Dyfed Alsop, Chief Executive
  • Jocelyn Davies, Non-Executive Member
  • David Jones, Non-Executive Member
  • Lakshmi Narain, Non-Executive Member

Selection of Head Office

QED Centre, headquarters of the Welsh Revenue Authority in Pontypridd

There was a three phase process in the selection the head office of the authority.[9] Phase 1 and 2 drew up a short-list of viable locations from within the Welsh Government estate.[9] 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.[9]

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.[9] 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.[9] 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.[9] The QED Centre near Pontypridd was ultimately chosen as the site of the authority.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Fiscal Devolution in Wales:An update on preparations for its implementation" (PDF). Wales Audit Office. 21 December 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "What we do". Welsh Revenue Authority. 21 September 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "Welsh Treasury and fiscal reform". Welsh Government. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "Devolved taxes forecast" (PDF). Office for Budget Responsibility. November 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Welsh Treasury and fiscal reform". Welsh Government. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Welsh Treasury and fiscal reform". Welsh Government. 2 February 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ "Ex-senior Plaid politicians on new tax collection body". BBC. 22 September 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  8. ^ "Welsh Revenue Authority". WRA. 25 February 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ a b c d e f "Welsh Revenue Authority - Appraisal of location options - Final Report" (PDF). Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru. February 2017. Retrieved 2018.

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