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Removal or transfer costs: expenses and benefits: main conditions for exemption: extension of time limit

Section 274 ITEPA 2003

The Commissioners of HMRC have the power to extend the time limit by one or more complete tax years if it seems reasonable to do so. That power is delegated to Grade 7 Team Leaders in the following circumstances.

Children on examination courses

Where the relocation is delayed to allow the employee’s child or children to complete public examination courses (typically GCSEs, A Levels, or in Scotland SCE O Levels and Highers). Courses usually last two years, and you should extend the time limit to 5 April following the completion of the examinations. See the examples at EIM03106.

Difficulty in selling the old residence

Where the relocation has been delayed because of difficulty in selling the old residence. You should satisfy yourself that reasonable efforts have been made to sell the old residence. Extend the time limit by one year at a time, and review all the circumstances if a further application is made.

Note that there is no point in extending the time limit if the employee will have received £8,000 of expenses and benefits that qualify for exemption by the end of the normal time limit.

Send a full report to Personal Tax, (Technical), Solihull in cases falling within the above circumstances where you consider that the time limit should not be extended.

Where the Band B Team Leader decides to extend the time limit, he or she should write to the employee using the draft letter at EIM03107. If the application for an extension came from the employer or an accountant, adapt the first paragraph of the reply as necessary.

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