Sections 12-15 – Functions
14.Section 12 sets out the WRA’s functions, including its general function to collect and manage devolved taxes and particular functions relating to such taxes including: providing information and assistance to the Welsh Ministers and taxpayers and others; resolving complaints and disputes; and, promoting tax compliance and working to protect against tax evasion and tax avoidance. The WRA may undertake other actions which it considers necessary or expedient in connection with exercising its functions. Section 13 makes provision for the WRA to internally authorise the carrying out of its functions by WRA members, committees, sub-committees or WRA staff. Section 13(2) requires that at least one non-executive member is a member of any committee or sub-committee that is authorised to carry out WRA functions. Where WRA has authorised the carrying out of any of a function under section 13, the WRA’s ability to exercise that function and responsibility for the exercise of the function is not affected.
15.Section 14 makes provision for the WRA to delegate any of its functions to one or more bodies that have been prescribed by the Welsh Ministers in regulations.
16.A power is given to WRA to pay an organisation to which it has delegated a function and to give directions about how delegated functions are to be exercised. The WRA must publish information about any such delegations and directions given, unless it considers that to do so would prejudice the effective exercise of its functions.
17.Where a delegation is entered into the WRA will retain the ability to exercise any of the functions that it has delegated and it will retain overall responsibility for the collection and management of devolved taxes in Wales.
18.Section 15 provides that the Welsh Ministers may give directions to the WRA of a general nature with which the WRA must, in the exercise of its functions, comply. This might for example be in relation to strategic policy priorities or in relation to the exercise of delegation power by WRA under section 14. Directions given by the Welsh Ministers must be published.