As part of the range of measures introduced as a result of the covid-19 outbreak, HMRC announced 7 July 2020 that it would provide an exemption in respect of coronavirus testing.

This represents a rapid U-turn following an outcry from MPs after HMRC initially published guidance 6 July 2020 indicating that employees would face a taxable benefit-in-kind (BIK) when their employer pays for coronavirus testing. That guidance was removed the following day. Precise details of the exemption are expected to be released shortly.

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