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Landfill Disposals Tax (Wales) Act 2017

Corporate groups
Sections 77 and 78 Designation of group of companies and Conditions for designation as member of group

147.Section 77 allows WRA to designate two or more bodies corporate as a group for the purposes of the tax. The effect of a group designation is that the representative member of the group is treated for the purposes of the tax as the landfill site operator of the sites that are operated by the members of the group. Accordingly, an amount of tax, penalty or interest that a member of the group would otherwise be required to pay as a result of anything done or omitted to be done while it is a member of the group must instead be paid by the representative member. This section makes further provision in relation to the joint and several liability of group members.

148.To be designated as a group, an application needs to be made to WRA. WRA must be satisfied that the application is made with the agreement of every proposed group member. A group designation may only be made where all members of the group carry out taxable operations or intend to do so. All members of the group must be under the control of the same body corporate, individual or individuals. If WRA refuses a group application, it must issue notice of the refusal.

Section 79 – Variation or cancellation of designation

149.Where a group designation has been made, WRA may vary the designation by adding or removing a member of the group or by changing the representative member. WRA also has the power to cancel a group designation. WRA can vary or cancel a group designation on its own initiative or following an application by the representative member. An application to vary a group designation may also be made by any member of the group where that application relates to that member wishing to be removed from the group designation.

150.WRA must vary or cancel the group designation if it is satisfied that the conditions for designation are no longer met.

151.A variation or cancellation by WRA is made by issuing a notice to each member of the group, including those that are being added or removed from the group. If WRA refuses to vary or cancel the group designation it must issue notice of the refusal.

Section 80 – Reviews and appeals relating to designation of groups of companies

152.Section 80 amends section 172(2) of TCMA so that the review and appeals procedures in Part 8 of that Act apply to decisions relating to the designation of a group for the purposes of LDT.

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