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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Paragraph 29: Appeal against refusal of approval

3440.This paragraph derives from most of paragraph 5 of Schedule 9 to ICTA. (Sub-paragraph (c) of paragraph 5 relates to approved profit sharing schemes.) The procedure, in paragraph 5 of Schedule 9 to ICTA, is that a “matter” is referred to the Special Commissioners for them to “hear and determine the matter in like manner as an appeal” if the Inland Revenue refuse to approve the scheme. Sub-paragraph (1) provides that the scheme organiser may appeal to the Special Commissioners.

3441.The change to a straightforward appeal procedure is intended to simplify matters. Section 48(2) of TMA 1970 provides that various provisions of that Act, as regards proceedings before the Commissioners, apply to “appeals other than appeals against assessments” and to “proceedings…to be heard and determined in the same way as an appeal”. For the purposes of this paragraph, there is therefore no real difference in law or practice between provisions that refer to an appeal and those that refer to proceedings where the Special Commissioners shall “hear and determine the matter in like manner as an appeal”. See Change 171 in Annex 1.

3442.Sub-paragraphs (3) and (4) now provide that the Special Commissioners may specify the date from which the Scheme is to be treated as approved. See Change 171 in Annex 1.

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