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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Section 250: Exemption of work-related training provision

1007.This section provides there is no liability to income tax on the provision of work-related training for an employee by the employer or by a person other than the employer.

1008.It derives from sections 200B (expenditure by the employer) and 200D (expenditure by a third party) of ICTA.

1009.Although it is possible for an employee to be exempt from tax under both section 250 and section 311 (retraining courses), it is not necessary (as in section 200C(4) of ICTA) to exclude provision exempted elsewhere, as exemption can be given under either. See Note 30 in Annex 2.

1010.Subsection (1) sets out the exemption. It covers both the provision and the payment or reimbursement of the cost of provision of the training (and any benefit incidental to the training) plus specified related costs.

1011.To accord with Inland Revenue practice, the exemption is expressed to cover training and training costs, whether provided or incurred by the employer or by a third party. See Change 52 in Annex 1.

1012.The exemption is so expressed that no charge arises under Part 2, whether as general earnings or specific employment income, on the provision and costs of work-related training. This reflects Inland Revenue practice not to apply any employment income charge which might arguably apply (say, a specific employment income charge, such as Chapter 3 of Part 6 where the training relates to a change of duties). See Change 51 in Annex 1.

1013.Subsection (2) specifies the ancillary costs within subsection (1)(b)(ii) to which the exemption applies. See Change 53 in Annex 1.

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