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01 June 2006
Issue: 4060 / Categories: Forum & Feedback

There has been much press coverage recently on the clothes and cosmetic treatments of prominent politicians and their wives during the last general election campaign. Now I do not wish to appear churlish, but if my employer pays for a suit for me to wear then I am taxable on this as a benefit in kind. Likewise, travel costs when I go on holiday. Perhaps mainly for the purpose of ensuring that I sleep a little easier at night, can readers assure me that our leaders are treated in the same way for tax purposes? Or are my clients missing out on a tax relief?

There has been much press coverage recently on the clothes and cosmetic treatments of prominent politicians and their wives during the last general election campaign. Now I do not wish to appear churlish but if my employer pays for a suit for me to wear then I am taxable on this as a benefit in kind. Likewise travel costs when I go on holiday. Perhaps mainly for the purpose of ensuring that I sleep a little easier at night can readers assure me that our leaders are treated in the same way for tax purposes? Or are my clients missing out on a tax relief?
Query T16 817 — Jealous Guy.


Reply by Jim:

Jealous Guy mentions leading politicians and the last general election campaign. The same principle applies to the recent local elections and councillors. The reference to a suit equally applies to smart...

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