The Welsh Government released their Draft Budget for 2024-25 on 19 December 2023.

The Draft Budget signals the Welsh Government’s intentions for the three devolved Welsh taxes: Welsh Rates of Income Tax (WRIT), Land Transaction Tax and Landfill Disposals Tax. 

Income Tax

Proposed for 2024-25:

  • The Welsh Rates of Income Tax rate will remain at 10%.
  • This will retain parity between the rates of Income Tax in Wales and England/Northern Ireland for the 2024-25 tax year.
   

Income band £

Rate

Tax rate

2024-25

(proposed)

2023-24

Personal allowance (tax-free band)

N/A

£0 - £12,570

£0 - £12,570

Basic rate

20%

£12,570 - £50,270

£12,570 - £50,270

Higher rate

40%

£50,270 - £125,140

£50,270 - £125,140

Additional rate

45%

£125,140+

£125,140+

 

Land Transaction Tax (LTT)

  • Land Transaction Tax (LTT) rates remain under review, with no changes currently proposed. 

See Welsh LTT Rates for current rates. 

Landfill Disposal Tax (LDT)

Proposed for 2024-25:

  • Landfill Disposal Tax (LDT) rates will increase in line with Retail Price Index (RPI) inflation. 
  • Rates from 1 April 2024 will be: 
    • Standard: £103.70 (2023-24: £102.10).
    • Lower: £3.30 (2023-24: £3.25).
    • Unauthorised disposals: £155.55 (2023-24: £153.15).

Other announcements and updates

Developing LTT policy

  •  Consultations have been published on: 
    • Draft regulations to extend the LTT higher residential rates three-year exception and refund periods, where transactions are impeded by fire safety defects or where transactions are prevented by emergency restrictions.
    • Legislative amendments to provide relief from LTT for qualifying transactions within a designated special tax site as part of the Freeports Programme in Wales.
  • See Welsh LTT consultations

Non-domestic rates

  • The increase to the Non-Domestic Rates (NDR) multiplier in Wales will be capped at 5% for 2024-25
  • Support for retail, leisure and hospitality businesses will be given by way of 40% NDR relief for the duration of 2024-25, capped at £110,000 per business.
  • A fund will be developed to provide support to eligible small to medium-sized businesses in the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors, with funding to be used during 2024-25 to invest in measures to future-proof their businesses.
  • The Local Government Finance (Wales) Bill was introduced into the Senedd on 20 November.
    • This will provide the legislative basis required to implement non-domestic rates reform for Wales, along with three-yearly revaluations.

Visitor levy

  • Legislation for a visitor levy will be introduced into the Senedd by Autumn 2024.

Devolution of powers

  • The Welsh government continue to engage with the UK government to seek powers for a Vacant Land Tax, as well as to seek review and reform of the process for the devolution of new tax powers. 

Useful guides on this topic

Wales
This section covers taxes devolved to Wales.

Welsh Income Tax
Since 6 April 2019, Wales has been able to set its own Welsh Rate of Income Tax. 

Welsh Land Transaction Tax (LTT)
What is Land Transaction Tax? How does it operate? What reliefs are available? 

External links

Written Statement: Draft Budget 2024-25

Documents: Draft Budget 2024 to 2025


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