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Welsh Government introducing its own landfill tax

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A Bill has been laid before the Welsh National Assembly that will lead to the introduction of a new landfill tax for Wales.

The landfill disposals tax will replace the landfill tax that is currently operated in both Wales and England.

This will be the third of new tax raising powers that have been devolved to the Welsh Government.

Welsh landfill operators will now charge a tax on the disposal of waste to landfill to those who deposit waste in them.

Although it will remain similar to the existing tax that will remain in England and Wales intends to match UK landfill tax charges, the Welsh Government intends to clarify the rules as well as introduce a higher rate tax for unauthorised disposals.

Welsh Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford said: “This is the third of three Bills to establish tax arrangements in Wales and is an important step towards the devolution of tax to Wales. For the first time in 800 years, we are developing and implementing a tax regime that is more directly suited to the needs of our country and our people.

“By replacing landfill tax from April 2018, public services in Wales will continue to benefit from the revenues raised by this tax. Wales is at the forefront of waste policy and landfill tax is an important element of achieving our goal of a zero waste Wales.”

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