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Taxpayers can still settle their affairs, but since the EBTSO was withdrawn on 31 July 2015, the treatment of any agreement will be different.
EBTSO only applied to users of employment benefit trusts (EBT) before the introduction of the rules at part 7A Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003 (ITEPA 2003), but it is still possible to enter into an agreement that meets the conditions of paragraph 59 of schedule 2 of Finance Act 2011.
The guidance sets out the general principles that will apply to settlements and provides a table showing a comparison of the terms of settlement both before, and after, the withdrawal of the EBTSO.
Under EBTSO, income tax and class 1A National Insurance contributions (NICs) paid on beneficial loans from the EBT could be offset against the total liability even if the income tax and NICs paid on the beneficial loans were out of date for an overpayment relief claim.
In contrast, income tax will now only be offset for years which are open, or for which a valid overpayment relief claim can be made. The class 1A NICs can only be offset if it is possible to make a valid application for return of contributions paid in error.