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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Section 649: Commonwealth government pensions

2567.This section exempts pensions paid by various Commonwealth governments from funds established in the United Kingdom. It derives from section 615(2)(b) of ICTA.

2568.Subsection (2) defines “Commonwealth government”. The exemption does not apply to all the countries that are current members of the Commonwealth. But the term is not inaccurate because the section applies only to countries that have a former colonial connection to the United Kingdom.

2569.Subsections (3), (4) and (5) set out a number of other definitions used to establish the meaning of “Commonwealth government”. The reference to “colony” in section 615(2)(b) of ICTA has been rewritten as “British overseas territory”. This incorporates the change introduced into Schedule 1 to the Interpretation Act 1978 by section 1(3) of the British Overseas Territories Act 2002. Any reference to “colony” is now interchangeable with “British overseas territory”.

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