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New talks on devolved landfill taxes for Wales

A consultation is to be launched regarding the replacement of the landfill tax in Wales with a landfill disposals tax.

The new powers will allow the Welsh Parliament to set regulations to match local priorities from April 2018.

The following areas are to be covered:

  • tax rates and taxable disposals
  • compliance and enforcement
  • administration
  • community wellbeing

The talks will be led by finance and government business minister Jane Hutt, and a range of parties are being encouraged to participate in order to air their views.

Recent HMRC figures show that the country earned approximately £50m in the 2013-2014 tax window from current regulation.

Hutt said: “Landfill disposals tax will affect a broad range of interests – businesses, regulators, communities and the third sector. That is why we want to hear a wide range of views to help us design and ensure that this tax works well for Wales.”

Sam Corp from the Environmental Services Association welcomed the proposals, but emphasised the need for “a robust compliance framework” in order to ensure that all operators were treated equally.

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