Landfill Disposals Tax Bill becomes one of the first Welsh taxes in 800 years

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The new tax bill recently received the royal ascent

Legislation to introduce a landfill disposals tax in Wales is set to become one of the first Welsh taxes in almost 800 years.

The new act, which has just received the royal ascent, will differ from the current landfill act as it will enable tax to be charged on unauthorised disposals of waste.

It will replace the current legislation in Wales when it is devolved in April 2018.

Finance secretary Mark Drakeford said: "Unauthorised disposals of waste blight our communities; they are a potential source of tax evasion and place legitimate waste businesses at a disadvantage.

“I want to encourage individuals to take their waste to a registered landfill site and pay a fair share of tax which contributes to the funding of our public services in Wales.”

The Welsh Government is also establishing a Landfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme, which will support local projects which promote or improve the social or environmental wellbeing of communities affected by the disposal of waste to landfill.

First minister Carwyn Jones said: "Wales is at the forefront of waste policy and landfill disposals tax is an important element in achieving our ambitious goal of a zero waste Wales.

"This act is another important step in our devolution journey as we prepare for the introduction of tax powers in April 2018."

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