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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Section 242: Works transport services

986.This section rewrites most of section 197AA of ICTA as extended by section 60 of FA 2001. That provision excludes from the charge to tax under section 154 the benefit arising from the provision of a works bus or minibus service for employees. This section goes wider and provides for no liability to income tax. See Change 45 in Annex 1.

987.The definitions of “qualifying journey” and “workplace” in section 197AA(3) and (7) have been taken to a new interpretative section, section 249, which applies to the whole Chapter. The definition of “qualifying journey” reflects the amendment to section 197AB of ICTA (support for public transport bus services) made by section 33 of FA 2002. It will enable bus and minibus journeys which start or end at pick-up points to qualify.

988.The only part of section 197AA of ICTA that has not been rewritten in this section is subsection (6). This deals with the exemption from the charge to tax under section 141 of ICTA (non-cash vouchers) where the employee is given a non-cash voucher to evidence entitlement to use the works transport service. That exemption is covered in section 266.

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