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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Section 344: Deduction for annual subscriptions

1490.This section provides for a deduction for annual subscriptions to bodies having certain specified characteristics, established for stated objects related to the advancement of knowledge, the maintenance or improvement of standards of conduct within the profession and the protection of its members against claims. The section derives from parts of section 201(1), (3), (4), (5) and (6) of ICTA.

1491.Subsection (1) states the basic principle of the availability of a deduction from earnings for subscriptions paid to approved bodies. As in section 343(1), the requirement in the source legislation that, to be allowable, the payment must have been made “out of the emoluments of the employment” has not been reproduced here. See Change 81 in Annex 1.

1492.Subsection (2) describes the types of bodies, by reference to their activities, whose subscriptions are eligible, subject to approval of the body by the Inland Revenue, to be deducted.

1493.Subsection (3) provides for the Inland Revenue to approve a body of persons. This reflects the practice on the application of section 201(3) whereby the power of the Board of Inland Revenue to approve such bodies is delegated to the technical specialist. See Change 158 in Annex 1.

1494.The requirement in subsection (4) that the Inland Revenue give notice of their decision on an application simply enacts the existing Inland Revenue practice. See Change 86 in Annex 1.

1495.Subsections (5) and (6) give the Inland Revenue the power to determine the part of a subscription that is allowable under subsection (1). That reflects the existing practice on how the power of the Board of Inland Revenue to make such a determination is exercised. See Change 158 in Annex 1.

1496.The rule in subsection (7) about when a payment is treated as having been made to an approved body makes clear how the Inland Revenue have always allowed such payments. See Change 87 in Annex 1.

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