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(ISC)² members you can now claim tax relief in the UK

Written by  Aug 23, 2019

We have some good news for (ISC)2 members. From now on, members in the UK will be able to claim tax relief on their annual maintenance fee (AMF) in most cases.

We have been granted Approved Professional Organisations and Learned Societies status by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority. This status recognises (ISC)2 among a select number of essential professional societies and bodies operating in the UK that share or advance professional knowledge, maintain or improve professional conduct and competence, or protect members from claims made against them while doing their job.

The government is recognising the importance of training in the UK and this is further proof that this sector of IT is taken very seriously.

What does this actually mean?

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You can claim tax relief on fees or subscriptions you pay to approved professional organisations, but only if you have membership or it relates to your job. This means that if you are a UK tax-paying member of (ISC)2, you can claim tax relief on your AMFs – backdated to 6th April, 2019 – provided that your membership is relevant to your current role and provided you pay your AMFs yourself.

If you want to find more about whether you are eligible for tax relief on your AMFs here: https://www.gov.uk/tax-relief-for-employees/professional-fees-and-subscriptions

Unfortunately, if your employer pays your AMF for you, and pays it directly to (ISC)2, you will not be able to claim tax relief on it.

Please see our free (ISC)2 questions and answers to enhance your studying before you take your exams.

Here is the link so that you can claim tax relief for your (ISC)2 AMF via the Government Gateway at https://www.access.service.gov.uk/login/signin/creds. You will need a Government Gateway user ID and password. If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you register. Registering with Government Gateway usually takes about 10 minutes. It works best if you have your National Insurance number, a recent payslip or P60, or a valid UK passport when registering.


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The learned societies and professional associations on the HMRC list are predominantly nonprofit organisations such as industry bodies, charter organisations and livery companies, as well as independent member associations that exist to raise standards and help their members. If you are a member of any other industry associations, it’s worth checking if they are also on the list, as you may be able to claim tax relief on those membership fees and subscriptions as well. The complete list of Approved Professional Organisations and Learned Societies can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/professional-bodies-approved-for-tax-relief-list-3

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Creator and director of IT Security Centre UK.

I have worked in the IT industry for many years and developed my IT security skills in particular. As this area has always been of interest to me and is more important now than ever.

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