Landfill definition tweak confirmed in Autumn Statement

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This week the Treasury stated its intention to press ahead with proposed landfill definition changes

It has been confirmed this week that the Treasury has decided to go ahead with the proposed amendment to the definition of “taxable disposal” for the purpose of Landfill Tax and the changes will start from April 1 next year.

The change was first proposed during the Spring Budget and was confirmed along with technical changes and tax updates, all of which will come into effect as part of the 2017 Finance Bill in the Autumn Statement from Chancellor Philip Hammond.

The Treasury have not provided any guarantees over landfill tax rates in the future. The tax rates up to April 2018 were marked out in March.

The waste industry has asked for a resolution on a number of issues, including funding to help tackle the problem of waste crime, to keeping the current level of landfill tax.

However, Chancellor Hammond didn’t cover any particular environmental policies during his speech.

The Treasury did however confirm its intentions to amend the definition of a “taxable disposal” as part of the 2017 Finance Bill.

According to the government, the amendment will “bring greater clarity and certainty for taxpayers on the Landfill Tax liability of activities carried out at a landfill site”.

A consultation was held in the summer regarding views about amending the “taxable disposal of waste” definition, plus views about the tax bracket concerning the disposal of hazardous waste was also discussed.

According to the Treasury, adjusting the definition will guarantee that new actions at landfill sites “are not introduced to undermine the tax”.

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