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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Section 245: Travelling and subsistence during public transport strikes

994.This section derives from ESC A58. It exempts payments and benefits in respect of travelling and subsistence when there is a disruption in public transport. Legislating the concession is a minor change to the law. See Change 47 in Annex 1.

995.In the normal way when the employer pays the cost of, or provides transport for, “ordinary commuting” it would in most cases be chargeable to tax and no deduction would be allowed. Nor would deductions be allowed for accommodation and subsistence paid for or provided near to the permanent workplace. This section provides an exemption for payments and benefits provided to employees to ensure they are able to get to work when there is a public transport strike.

996.If the employee is working at a temporary workplace, or on a training course, the provision of transport, accommodation and subsistence is not exempt, but a deduction is allowed under Part 5.

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