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Scottish Councils Seek Tax-Raising Powers

by Jason Gorringe, Tax-News.com, London

21 September 2016


Four Scottish councils are seeking additional powers to levy their own taxes.

The councils of Aberdeen, Glasgow, Renfrewshire, and South Lanarkshire are arguing that they should be allowed to independently levy business rates (property tax) and a tourism levy, and should receive a split of air passenger duty revenues.

The four councils left the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (Cosla) in April 2015 and formed the Scottish Local Council Partnership (SLGP), which is now seeking to lobbying for tax powers to maintain funding levels.

The SLGP's calls come despite a proposed legislative change from the Scottish Government that would reform council tax bands and rates and allow councils to raise council tax rates by up to three percent a year, starting from April 2017, ending a decade-long council tax freeze.

TAGS: tax | air passenger duty (APD) | property tax | United Kingdom | tax rates | individual income tax | Scotland

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