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Harries Watkins Jones are a Bridgend and Pontypridd (South Wales) based firm of Chartered Accountants, tax and business advisers. They pride themselves in providing high levels of service. With each and every new client, they never assume their requirements but seek to tailor their services to their individual needs.Their goal is to build a strong and sustainable working business relationship with each client and to offer them real solutions to their business problems.

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Saturday, 4 September 2010

September's Tax Tips & News

Cycle to Work Scheme Update
The cycle to work scheme allows employers to lend cycles to their employees tax-free, and in some cases the employees can purchase the cycle at the end of the loan period. However, the Taxman is looking carefully at abuses of this scheme...

- Some employers treat the loan of the cycle to employee as part of the employee's salary and reduce their cash wages proportionately. This is known as a salary sacrifice, and the arrangement must be agreed with the relevant employee in advance. If cycles are only provided to employees under salary sacrifice arrangements the whole cycle to work scheme may lose its tax exemption, as some employees cannot have their cash pay reduced due the National Minimum Wage rate rules.

- It is quite common for the employee to purchase the cycle from the employer at the end of the loan period. However, the Taxman says that where there is an automatic transfer of the cycle to the employee at the end of the loan period, the tax exemption for the cycle to work scheme is also lost.