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Wales Act 2014

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6Taxation: introductory

(1)GOWA 2006 is amended as follows.

(2)After Part 4 insert—

PART 4ATaxation
CHAPTER 1Introductory
116AOverview of Part 4A

(1)In this Part Chapters 3 and 4 specify particular taxes as devolved taxes about which the Assembly may make provision in the exercise of the power conferred by section 107(1).

(2)The power to make provision about a devolved tax is subject to the restrictions imposed by—

(a)subsection (3), and

(b)the other provisions of this Part.

(3)A devolved tax may not be imposed where to do so would be incompatible with any international obligations.

(4)In this Act “devolved tax” means a tax specified in this Part as a devolved tax.

116BStatus of officials of body that collects and manages devolved taxes

(1)This section applies where an Act of the Assembly establishes a body that is to be responsible for the collection and management of devolved taxes (whether or not the body is also to be responsible for local government finance or any other matter).

(2)In this section “relevant official” means an officer or member of staff of the body mentioned in subsection (1) who has no functions other than functions relating to—

(a)the collection or management of devolved taxes, or

(b)local government finance.

(3)If an Act of the Assembly provides that service as a relevant official is service in the civil service of the State, that provision is treated as falling within section 108(4) or (5) (legislative competence).

(4)In subsections (5) to (7), “relevant civil servant” means a relevant official whose service is service in the civil service of the State by virtue of provision of the kind mentioned in subsection (3).

(5)The Welsh Ministers must pay the salaries and expenses of relevant civil servants.

(6)The Welsh Ministers must make payments to the Minister for the Civil Service, at such times as the Minister for the Civil Service may determine, of such amounts as may be so determined in respect of—

(a)the provision of pensions, allowances or gratuities by virtue of section 1 of the Superannuation Act 1972 or section 1 of the Public Service Pensions Act 2013 to or in respect of persons who are or have been relevant civil servants, and

(b)the expenses incurred in administering those pensions, allowances and gratuities.

(7)The Welsh Ministers may make payments towards the provision of pensions, allowances or gratuities to or in respect of any person who is or has been a relevant civil servant.

116CPower to add new devolved taxes

(1)Her Majesty may by Order in Council amend this Part so as to—

(a)specify, as an additional devolved tax, a tax of any description, or

(b)make any other modifications of the provisions relating to devolved taxes which She considers appropriate.

(2)An Order in Council under this section may make such modifications of—

(a)any enactment (including any enactment comprised in or made under this Act) or prerogative instrument, or

(b)any other instrument or document,

as Her Majesty considers appropriate in connection with the provision made by the Order.

(3)No recommendation is to be made to Her Majesty in Council to make an Order in Council under this section unless a draft of the statutory instrument containing the Order has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament and the Assembly.

(4)The amendment of this Part by an Order in Council under this section does not affect—

(a)the validity of an Act of the Assembly passed before the amendment comes into force, or

(b)the previous or continuing operation of such an Act of the Assembly.

(3)In section 108 (legislative competence of the Assembly)—

(a)in subsection (4)(a), after “Schedule 7 and” insert “, subject to subsection (4A),”;

(b)after subsection (4) insert—

(4A)Provision relating to a devolved tax (as listed under the heading “Taxation” in Part 1 of Schedule 7) is not outside the Assembly’s legislative competence by reason only of the fact that it falls within an exception specified under another heading in that Part of that Schedule.

(4)In section 111 (proceedings on Bills), in subsection (8), for “and 116(3)” substitute “, 116(3) and 116C (4)”.

(5)In section 158(2) (references to enactments), after “109(2)” insert “, 116C (2)”.

(6)In section 159 (index of defined expressions), at the appropriate place insert—

devolved taxsection 116A(4)

(7)Part 1 of Schedule 7 (legislative competence to make Acts of the Assembly) is amended as follows.

(8)In paragraph 4 (economic development), in the first exception, after “Fiscal, economic and monetary policy” insert “(except so far as relating to devolved taxes)”.

(9)After paragraph 16 insert—

Taxation

16ADevolved taxes (as defined in section 116A(4)).

7Amendments relating to the Commissioners for Revenue and Customs

(1)In section 1(1) of the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979 (interpretation), in the definition of “assigned matter”, after “the Scotland Act 1998” insert “or the Government of Wales Act 2006”.

(2)The Commissioners for Revenue and Customs Act 2005 is amended in accordance with subsections (3) to (13).

(3)In section 15 (agency), after subsection (2) insert—

(3)For the purposes of section 83 of the Government of Wales Act 2006 (agency arrangements)—

(a)the Commissioners are to be treated as a relevant authority, and

(b)the officers of Revenue and Customs are to be treated as a relevant authority.

(4)Accordingly, the heading to that section becomes “Agency: Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales”.

(5)In section 17(5) (use of information), in paragraph (a), after “Act,” insert—

(aa)an Act of the National Assembly for Wales or an instrument made under such an Act,.

(6)Section 18 (confidentiality) is amended in accordance with subsections (7) to (9).

(7)In subsection (2)—

(a)omit “or” at the end of paragraph (h);

(b)after paragraph (i) insert , or

(j)which is made to the Welsh Ministers in connection with the collection and management of a devolved tax within the meaning of the Government of Wales Act 2006.

(8)In subsection (2A), after “subsection (2)(i)” insert “or (j)”.

(9)In subsection (4)(e), in sub-paragraph (i), after “Act,” insert—

(ia)an Act of the National Assembly for Wales or an instrument made under such an Act,.

(10)In section 40(11) (confidentiality), in paragraph (a), after “Act,” insert—

(aa)an Act of the National Assembly for Wales or an instrument made under such an Act,.

(11)Section 51 (interpretation) is amended in accordance with subsections (12) and (13).

(12)In subsection (1), in the definition of “enactment”, after paragraph (b) insert—

(ba)an Act of the National Assembly for Wales,

(bb)an instrument made under an Act of the National Assembly for Wales,.

(13)After subsection (2A) insert—

(2B)Nor does such a reference include a function which—

(a)is conferred on the Commissioners or on officers of Revenue and Customs by or by virtue of an Act of the National Assembly for Wales or an instrument made under such an Act, and

(b)relates to a devolved tax within the meaning of the Government of Wales Act 2006.

(14)In Schedule 7 to GOWA 2006 (legislative competence to make Acts of the Assembly)—

(a)in Part 2 (general restrictions), after paragraph 4, insert—

4AA provision of an Act of the Assembly cannot—

(a)remove or modify, or confer power by subordinate legislation, to remove or modify, any function of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, or

(b)confer or impose, or confer power by subordinate legislation to confer or impose, any function on Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.;

(b)in Part 3 (exceptions from Part 2), after paragraph 7, insert—

Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs

7A(1)Part 2 does not prevent a provision of an Act of the Assembly—

(a)removing or modifying, or conferring power by subordinate legislation to remove or modify, any function of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, or

(b)conferring or imposing, or conferring power by subordinate legislation to confer or impose, any function on Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs,

if the following conditions are met.

(2)The conditions are—

(a)that the function relates to a devolved tax, and

(b)that the Treasury consent to the provision.

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