Section 92 – Power to obtain information to enable a person’s identity to be ascertained
98.The WRA can, in certain circumstances, issue a notice (an identification notice) to someone requiring them to provide information about a person (either a single person or class of persons) in order to establish a taxpayer’s identity. The notice can only be issued with the tribunal’s approval. The WRA may apply for approval without giving notice. The tribunal may only approve the issue of a notice if it is satisfied that conditions 1 to 6 in subsections (4) to (9) are met. Under this section the WRA may request a taxpayer’s name, last known address, and/or date of birth.
99.While these notices are similar to unidentified third party notices under section 89, the information that may be required is much more limited and WRA does not have to prove that there are grounds to believe that the unidentified person may have failed to comply with the law relating to devolved tax. In practice this procedure will be used where WRA knows that something has happened which attracts a tax liability (e.g. a land transaction) and wishes to contact the persons involved but does not know their identity. They may seek to use this power prior to the point where any failure to comply with the law occurs so that they are able to contact the taxpayer to give him or her the opportunity to get their tax affairs in order.