Living accommodation: cost of providing living accommodation
Section 104 ITEPA 2003
You need to know the cost of providing accommodation in order to decide which method to use to calculate the amount of the benefit (see EIM11428).
The cost of providing accommodation is A plus I minus P where:
- A is the amount spent by a person involved in providing the living accommodation in acquiring it (in the case of a house etc this will be the cost of the freehold or leasehold interest)
- I is the amount spent by a person involved in providing the living accommodation on improving it prior to the tax year
- P is any amount the employee pays to the person involved in providing the accommodation (From the 2017/18 tax year any amount made good must be paid by 6 July following the tax year of provision of the accommodation in order for it to be classed as making good payment when calculating the taxable value):
- to reimburse either A or I, or
- for the grant of a tenancy.
In a case where the market value basis applies, the cost of providing living accommodation for the purposes of calculating the benefit is different (see EIM11477).