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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Section 255: Exemption for contributions to individual learning account training

1031.This section provides there is no liability to income tax, from a current or former employment, on the provision of, and payment or reimbursement of the costs of, individual learning account training given by a person other than the trainee’s employer (or former employer).

1032.It derives from sections 200E (education and training funded by employers) and 200J (education and training funded by third parties) of ICTA.

1033.Although an employee may be exempt from tax under section 255 and either or both of sections 250 (work-related training) and 311 (retraining courses), provision exempted elsewhere need not be excluded (as in section 200H of ICTA), because exemption can be given under any of these. This Act does not therefore rewrite section 200H. See Note 30 in Annex 2.

1034.Subsection (1) sets out the exemption, which covers the provision of training by a training provider, funding of that training, incidental benefits of training and specified other costs paid or reimbursed.

1035.To accord with Inland Revenue practice, the exemption is expressed to cover the provision, funding and benefit of individual learning account training, whether funded or provided by the employer (or former employer) or a third party. See Change 52 in Annex 1.

1036.The exemption is so expressed that no charge arises under Part 2, whether as general earnings or specific employment income, on the funding and provision of individual learning account training. As with work-related training (section 250), it is Inland Revenue practice not to apply any employment income charge which might arguably apply. See Change 55 in Annex 1.

1037.Subsection (2) defines the trainees eligible for the exemption as account holders under the Learning and Skills Act 2000 and parties to arrangements under the Education and Training (Scotland) Act 2000.

1038.Subsection (3) specifies the ancillary costs within subsection (1)(d) to which the exemption applies. See Change 53 in Annex 1.

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