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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Section 244: Cycles and cyclist’s safety equipment

990.This section derives from section 197AC of ICTA. This prevents an employee being chargeable to income tax under section 154 in respect of the provision of a cycle or associated safety equipment. The part of section 197AC dealing with the provision of a voucher entitling the employee to use a cycle or safety equipment is covered in section 266.

991.The exception only applies where the employer provides the cycle or safety equipment for the employee’s use rather than transferring it to him. If the cycle or equipment is given to the employee to keep, the benefit arising is still chargeable to tax in the normal way.

992.The definition of “qualifying journey” in section 197AB(4) of ICTA has been taken to a new interpretative section, section 249, and in doing so has been extended by adopting the amendment to section 197AB made by section 33 of FA 2002.

993.Section 197AC(6) of ICTA includes an interpretation of “employment”. This has not been rewritten because the extension of the term to include “offices” is dealt with in section 5.

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