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Finance Act 1989

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12(1)The following section shall be inserted after section 599—

599ACharge to tax: payments out of surplus funds

(1)This subsection applies to any payment which is made to or for the benefit of an employee or to his personal representatives out of funds which are or have been held for the purposes of—

(a)a scheme which is or has at any time been an exempt approved scheme, or

(b)a relevant statutory scheme established under a public general Act,

and which is made in pursuance of a duty to return surplus funds.

(2)On the making of a payment to which subsection (1) above applies, the administrator of the scheme shall be charged to income tax under Case VI of Schedule D at the relevant rate on such amount as, after deduction of tax at that rate, would equal the amount of the payment.

(3)Subject to subsection (4) below, the relevant rate shall be 35 per cent.

(4)The Treasury may by order from time to time increase or decrease the relevant rate.

(5)Where a payment made to or for the benefit of an employee is one to which subsection (1) above applies, it shall be treated in computing the total income of the employee for the year in which it is made as income for that year which is—

(a)received by him after deduction of income tax at the basic rate from a corresponding gross amount, and

(b)chargeable to income tax under Case VI of Schedule D.

(6)But, subject to subsection (7) below, no assessment to income tax shall be made on, and no repayment of income tax shall be made to, the employee.

(7)Subsection (6) above shall not prevent an assessment in respect of income tax at a rate other than the basic rate.

(8)Subsection (5) above applies whether or not the employee is the recipient of the payment.

(9)Any payment chargeable to tax under this section shall not be chargeable to tax under section 598, 599 or 600 or under the Regulations mentioned in paragraph 8 of Schedule 3 to the [1971 c. 68.] Finance Act 1971.

(10)In this section—

  • “employee”, in relation to a relevant statutory scheme, includes any officer;

  • references to any payment include references to any transfer of assets or other transfer of money’s worth.

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