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UK Tax relief if you're a member of the BCS

Discussion in 'Professional Associations' started by wagnerk, Dec 2, 2009.

  1. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi All,

    Came across this today. If you're a member of the BCS (and other approved unions/organisations) you can get some tax relief off your subscriptions (in other words more money for you) thru your wages and PAYE tax.

    I contacted the Tax Office and told them a few details and then I was issued a new tax code, they'll be sending an official thing thru to our finance dept. Can't wait, it may be £20-£30 a year, but it all helps :)

    Hope a few people find this useful.

    -Ken
     
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    Coolness! Where did you find this little nugget of info?
     
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Our finance dept sent out an e-mail to all teachers about the teaching union "NUT", so I decided to try to see if the BCS was an approved organisation as the e-mail quoted this line from the HMRC form:

    As the BCS is a professional body, I thought "What's was the harm in trying?"

    -Ken
     
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    Just out of curiousity does the BCS membership give you the benefit of getting Microsoft exams at a discount?
     
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    No (well kind of, but not directly). Depending on the training provider you can get discounts on training and if they are a Microsoft Academy the vouchers are about 50%, but in order to get those vouchers you have to pay for the training - if you get what I'm trying to say...

    -Ken
     
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    Did you ever find out how much you saved doing this mate?
     
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    Personally, I haven't (as of yet) taken advantage of this member benefit, so I couldn't tell you.

    -Ken
     
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    Hi Kent, thanks for the explanation. I would really love to join the BCS but can't seem to find out what benefits it would be to me in terms of career progression and discount on stuff related to IT.

    I hope am not being a pain but just don't want to register with them and find out they're not what am looking for in reference to the above.
     
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    No Pain, if you have any questions, just ask :)

    -Ken
     
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    BCS membership does provide a lot of benefits but most of them aren't in the form of discounts etc, the networking opportunities are what make the membership worth having and they are only worth having if you can put the time in to make them work for you.

    The various branch and group events are prime opportunities to make contact with others in IT and get your face known.

    My membership is actually going to lapse this year, I haven't got the time or the momeny for it at the moment, but I will pick it up again at some point in the future.
     
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    That's true...

    You can see an overview of benefits here. However for me the main benefits (apart from the CITP) is the career builder site, access to Books24x7, access to the full version of SFIA and legal aid (you never know when you'll need it).

    -Ken
     
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    The overview for tax purposes is now at bcs DOT org/category/10494

    I've just done this myself - it basically gives you £100 of tax relief I think. There are full details on the website.

    if you are a UK tax payer, and pay your own membership fees you may be entitled to claim tax back on your membership subscription fee.

    If joining BCS is necessary to carry out your work or is relevant to your job, members employed in the UK may claim tax relief on their subscription fee.
    Who cannot claim
    * Non UK tax payers
    * Life Members
    * Members whose subscription fee is paid by someone else (e.g. employer)

    Higher rate taxpayers can claim 40% of their membership fee.
    Lower rate taxpayers can claim 20% of their membership fee.
     
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    [ignore - double posted by accident due to slow loading!)
     
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