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Income Tax: update to treatment of income from sporting testimonials

This tax information and impact note applies to employed sports persons who receive income from a sporting testimonial or a benefit match which is non-contractual or non-customary.

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This measure confirms that all income from sporting testimonials and benefit matches for an employed sports person will be chargeable to tax, and National Insurance contributions (NICs) subject to a ‘one-off’ exemption of £100,000 of the income received from events held during a single testimonial or testimonial year.

Update

On 2 November 2017 the government announced that the introduction of the National Insurance Contributions Bill will be delayed.

The introduction of employer Class 1A NICs on Sporting Testimonial payments above £100,000 will now take effect from 6 April 2019 rather than 6 April 2018.

Published 16 March 2016
Last updated 9 November 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated to mention the introduction of employer Class 1A NICs on Sporting Testimonial payments above £100,000 will now take effect from 6 April 2019.
  2. First published.