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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Section 266: Exemption of non-cash vouchers for exempt benefits

1087.Subsection (1) derives from sections 141(6A), and (6B) and 197A of ICTA, section 49(1) of FA 1999, and ESCs A59 and A66. All these exemptions apply to non-cash vouchers to the extent that they are used to obtain the exempt item. The inclusion of the exemptions provided by the ESCs is a minor change to the law. See Changes 48 and 49 in Annex 1.

1088.Subsection (2) derives from sections 197AA, 197AB(5) and 197AC(5) of ICTA. In each of these provisions the voucher is not handed over, but is used as evidence of entitlement.

1089.Subsection (3) derives from sections 197(2) and 197G(1) of ICTA and ESCs A58, A70B and A74. For each of these the voucher is used only for the exempt purpose. The inclusion of the exemptions provided by the ESCs is a minor change to the law. See Changes 47, 56 and 58 in Annex 1.

1090.Subsection (4) provides the voucher exemption in respect of something exempted by use of the regulations in respect of minor benefits.

1091.Subsection (5) ensures that exemptions under this section apply even if the employee is in lower-paid employment. Unlike other benefits charges, chargeability for non-cash vouchers and credit-tokens applies to all employees.

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