The Welsh Government has published its Tax Policy Work Plan for 2019.
The plan focuses on developing its approach to taxation in Wales – exploring the scope for continued improvement to tax administration, while further strengthening the links between tax and policy areas, and ensuring taxes remain fair throughout this process.
Some of the highlights of the 2019 work plan are:
- Developing tax policy – the Welsh Government will develop its proposals to build the Welsh tax base, while continuing to make the case for devolution of air passenger duty to Wales, taking forward its consideration of land and property taxation, and continuing to work with the UK Government on disposable taxes and other environmental taxes. The Welsh Government will also explore further the funding options for social care in the future, progress its plans to devolve powers for a vacant land tax to Wales, and develop our thinking on a tourism tax.
- Building a coordinated approach to tax policy – ensuring Welsh taxes are working effectively is a key priority in 2019. Following the successful introduction of land transaction tax and landfill disposals tax last year, and with Welsh rates of income tax going live on 6 April, the Welsh Government will continue to work closely with the Welsh Revenue Authority and HMRC. As part of its coordinated approach, the Welsh Government will also consider options for developing information resources, including data sharing and analysis to strengthen the evidence base for tax policy decisions and improved tax administration in Wales.
- Engaging, communicating and capacity building – continuing to build on our open and transparent tax policy making process remains a key priority. The Welsh Government will develop a long-term plan to build capacity on tax policy and administration, and work with the UK and other devolved governments to share best practice and address common challenges. The Welsh Government want to help Welsh taxpayers understand its approach to taxation and be clear how their taxes are supporting public services in Wales.
The Welsh Government’s tax policy is being developed in line with the principles set out in its Tax Policy Framework. A report summarising the main findings will be published alongside the draft Budget in the autumn.