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Finance Act 2014

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2.The section increases the current beneficial loans threshold from £5,000 to £10,000, effective from 6 April 2014 and for subsequent years. The increase in the threshold applies to all loans, no matter when they were taken out.

3.Section 180(1)(a) of ITEPA 2003 is amended to provide that the ‘normal’ threshold for the cash equivalent of an employed related loan is increased to £10,000. No tax is chargeable if the balance outstanding on all beneficial loans does not exceed £10,000 in the year of assessment.

4.Section 180(1)(b) of ITEPA 2003 is amended to provide that where the balance outstanding on all beneficial loans exceeds the threshold, but the balance outstanding on   non-qualifying loans does not exceed £10,000 throughout the tax year, no tax is chargeable in respect of the non-qualifying loans.

5.Section 180(2) of ITEPA 2003 is amended to provide the increase to £10,000 where all taxable cheap loans are aggregated to find whether the normal £10,000 threshold is exceeded for the purposes of subsection (1)(a).

6.Section 180(3) of ITEPA 2003 is amended to provide that for non-qualifying loans (sub-section 1(b)), the £10,000 limit will also apply to the calculation where taxable cheap loans are aggregated. So if the qualifying loans are deducted and the total is then less than £10,000 the cash equivalent of the non-qualifying loans is not treated as earnings

7.Subsections (4) and (5) which define “non-qualifying loan” and “qualifying loan” are not amended.

8.Subsection 2 provides for the increase in the threshold to be effective from the beginning of the 2014-15 tax year and subsequent years.

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