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Finance Act 2012

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9.The CEA is paid to service personnel to provide a continuity of education for their children that would not otherwise be possible if they accompanied their parents on frequent assignments both at home and overseas.

10.The CEA is currently liable to tax but the tax is paid by the Ministry of Defence on behalf of CEA where paid to recipients based in the UK.

11.This new exemption aims to support the principles of the Armed Forces Covenant and in particular the principle that service personnel and their families should not be put at any disadvantage from entering into military life. It seeks to mitigate the financial impact of providing a secure and continuing education acknowledging the particular circumstances in which these men and women serve and the particular difficulties they face.

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