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Tax Credits Act 2002

Section 2: Functions of Board

41.Subsection (1) of section 2 brings the new tax credits under the care and management of the Commissioners of Inland Revenue ("the Board"), which confers the same management discretion on the Board in relation to tax credits as they have in relation to the other matters for which they are responsible. Subsection (2) provides that tax credits are to be paid from tax receipts, as is the case under the Tax Credits Act 1999. Subsections (3) to (5) amplify the provisions of the Inland Revenue Regulation Act 1890 to bring tax credits within the scope of that Act, allowing the Board to appoint persons to pay and manage tax credits, and requiring the Board to account separately for tax credits. Under the Inland Revenue Regulation Act 1890, most functions of the Board may, in practice, be exercised by Inland Revenue staff. Section 6 of the Taxes Management Act 1970 requires members of Inland Revenue staff and the General and Special Commissioners to make a declaration of secrecy. The declaration of secrecy imposes a general duty of non-disclosure. However, information may be disclosed for certain purposes, including for the purposes of any prosecution of an offence relating to “inland revenue”. Subsection (6) provides that such offences include offences relating to tax credits.

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