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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

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Special rules for scholarships

211Special rules for scholarships: introduction

(1)Sections 212 to 214 supplement the preceding provisions of this Chapter in the following ways—

  • section 212 provides for certain scholarships provided under arrangements entered into by an employer or a connected person to be regarded as provided by reason of an employment;

  • section 213 provides that this Chapter does not apply to certain scholarships provided under a trust fund or a scheme;

  • section 214 provides a different method of determining the cost of an employment-related benefit if it consists in the provision of a scholarship from a trust fund.

(2)Section 215 limits the extent to which section 331 of ICTA (exemption for scholarship income) applies to a scholarship whose provision constitutes an employment-related benefit.

(3)In this section and sections 212 to 215 “scholarship” includes a bursary, exhibition or other similar educational endowment.

212Scholarships provided under arrangements entered into by employer or connected person

(1)A scholarship which is provided for a member of an employee’s family or household is to be regarded for the purposes of this Chapter as provided by reason of the employment if it is provided under arrangements entered into by—

(a)the employer, or

(b)a person connected with the employer.

(2)Subsection (1) applies whether or not the arrangements require the employer or the connected person to contribute directly or indirectly to the cost of providing the scholarship.

(3)A scholarship is not to be regarded as provided by reason of an employment by virtue of subsection (1) if—

(a)the employer is an individual, and

(b)the arrangements are made in the normal course of the employer’s domestic, family or personal relationships.

(4)This section is without prejudice to section 201(3).

213Exception for certain scholarships under trusts or schemes

(1)This Chapter does not apply to an employment-related benefit consisting in the provision of a scholarship if conditions A, B, C and D are met.

(2)Condition A is that the scholarship would not be regarded as provided by reason of the employment if section 201(3) and section 212 were disregarded.

(3)Condition B is that the holder of the scholarship is a full-time student.

(4)Condition C is that the scholarship is provided from a trust fund or under a scheme.

(5)Condition D is that, in the tax year in which the scholarship is provided, not more than 25% of the total amount of relevant payments is attributable to scholarships provided by reason of a person’s employment.

(6)For the purposes of conditions B and D “full-time student” means a person who is in full-time education at a university, college, school or other educational establishment.

(7)For the purposes of condition D—

  • “employment” includes any employment within the meaning of the employment income Parts (see section 4), whether or not it is a taxable employment under Part 2;

  • “relevant payments” means the payments made from the fund or scheme mentioned in condition C in respect of scholarships held by full-time students.

214Scholarships: cost of the benefit

If an employment-related benefit consists in the provision of a scholarship from a trust fund—

(a)section 204 does not apply, and

(b)the cost of the benefit is the total of the payments made from the fund to the person holding the scholarship.

215Limitation of exemption for scholarship income in section 331 of ICTA

If an employment-related benefit consists in the provision of a scholarship, section 331(1) of ICTA (exemption for scholarship income) applies only in relation to the holder of the scholarship.

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