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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Section 566: Nature of charge to tax on pension income and relevant definitions

2269.This section identifies the different forms of pension income that are chargeable. It is new.

2270.“Pension income” is identified in subsection (2). Pension income includes not only pensions and annuities but other types of income that are in the nature of a pension. The types of pension income are listed in subsection (4). The length of the list reflects the variety of forms that pension income takes and the different ways in which those forms are treated for tax purposes.

2271.Subsection (1) provides that the charge on “pension income” does not apply to any exempt income. “Exempt income” is defined in subsection (3) to mean any income that is exempted from income tax by one of the sections in Chapters 16 to 18 of the pension income Part. This means that “exempt income” is included in the definition of “pension income” but is not taxed as pension income. This point is reinforced in section 567(4). See paragraph 2277.

2272.For example, section 641 (wounds and disability pensions) gives an exemption to various types of war pension. Those pensions fall within the ordinary meaning of United Kingdom pension in section 569 so they are included in “pension income” but because of the exemption they are not charged to tax.

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