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Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Act 1999

Section 10: variation of decisions

180.Section 10 gives a regulation-making power for Inland Revenue decisions made under this Act to be subsequently varied or, (where, for instance, circumstances change), enabling a new decision to be made on the same question. It reflects the powers in section 9 SSA on revision of DSS decisions in prescribed circumstances, and the powers in section 10 of that Act to supersede earlier DSS decisions. It is expected that the regulations will address a range of circumstances, including those where the initial decision was:

  • based on incomplete or incorrect facts

  • wrong in law

  • correct, but circumstances of fact or law have changed.

181.The power to define when the variation or replacement decision takes effect is needed because decisions may be in respect of a past occasion or period; or may affect the future.

182.Powers conferred in subsection (1)(a) and (b) provide for the Inland Revenue to vary or supersede their own decisions. Where the tax appeal Commissioners have determined an appeal against a decision then subsection (1)(c) provides for an Inland Revenue officer to make a superseding decision to replace it only if there has been a material change of circumstances.

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