Trivial benefits

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Did you know you can buy your employees £50 worth of wine, up to six times a year, without it being taxable?

Known as ‘trivial benefit’ you won’t pay tax, national insurance or have to inform HMRC if ALL the following apply:

  • the cost of providing the benefit does not exceed £50 (or the average cost per employee if a benefit is provided to a group of employees and it is impracticable to work out the exact cost per person)
  • the benefit is not cash or a cash voucher
  • the employee is not entitled to the benefit as part of any contractual obligation (including under salary sacrifice arrangements)
  • the benefit is not provided in recognition of particular services performed by the employee as part of their employment duties (or in anticipation of such services)*

For further information about trivial benefits, or any other tax matter contact Ellis & Co on 01244 343504.