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Welsh workers given Scottish tax rates


Workers in Wales have paid the wrong amount of tax after mistakenly being assigned Scottish tax rates, with people earning £12,501 to £14,549 underpaying as the Scottish rate is 19% while in Wales it is 20%. Income tax was devolved to the Welsh Government in April, but Welsh Minister for Finance Rebecca Evans said HMRC has revealed that some workers were wrongly given the “S” code, which applies to Scotland. HMRC says the problem stems from employers inputting the wrong tax code. The Welsh Assembly's finance committee chairman Llyr Gruffydd said HMRC was aware there could have been issues, saying there had been assurances that “the lessons from the devolution of income tax powers to Scotland, where there were similar issues, had been soundly learned and would be put into effect."

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