Frequently Asked Questions - How long will it take to set up a distinct Scottish tax system following independence?
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The Scottish Parliament will have formal legal responsibility for all taxes upon independence. The Scottish Government will make arrangements that will maximise its discretion over the tax system while HMRC continue to collect tax revenues for a transitional phase.
After the transition, Revenue Scotland will collect all taxes in Scotland. We plan that the collection system for personal taxes in Scotland will be in place within the first term of the Scottish Parliament in an independent Scotland.
We will maintain stability of collection for business taxes while we carry out fundamental work with businesses to implement a streamlined collection system.
Source: Scotland's Future, Scottish Government, November 2013.