Devolution – Budget Report 8 March 2017
The UK tax system is set for further landmark changes over the coming months and years, as more powers are devolved to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
From 6 April 2017, the Scottish government will set the rates and bands (excluding the personal allowance) on the non-savings, non-dividend income of Scottish taxpayers. For 2017/18 the Scottish government will freeze the higher rate income tax threshold at £43,000.
The Welsh government is set to gain its own new income tax-setting powers in April 2019, allowing it to make cuts or increases of up to 10p within each band of the income tax collected within Wales. From April 2018 a new Land Transaction Tax (LTT) is also set to come into effect in Wales, replacing stamp duty land tax (SDLT).
In April 2018, Northern Ireland is set to gain additional control over corporation tax, with the introduction of the Northern Ireland Rate. This new rate of corporation tax will be charged on profits generated in Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Executive plans to set the new rate at 12.5%.