EAPA UK has recently clarified with HMRC the issue of Employee Assistance Programmes and tax exemption status for family members and dependants. Services that include family and dependants as members are not tax exempt under EIM 21845.
HMRC is also clear that the exemption for welfare counselling does not include:
• advice on finance (other than advice on debt problems),
• advice on tax,
• advice on leisure or recreation, or
• legal advice
EAPA UK's full clarification document can be accessed here.