With Christmas fast approaching, you may be looking to provide gifts for your staff. So, what do business owners need to consider from a tax perspective?
What gifts are tax exempt?

As long as certain criteria is met, certain gifts are exempt from any taxation. This will avoid the need to report them as a taxable benefit in kind.  In order for the benefit to be exempt it must encompass the following conditions:

  • The cost of providing the benefit does not exceed £50 per employee (or on average when gifts are made to multiple employees). The full amount becomes taxable if the cost is above £50, not just the excess over £50
  • The benefit is not cash or a cash voucher
  • The benefit is not provided in recognition of particular services performed by the employee as part of their employment duties
  • The employee is not entitled to the benefit as part of a contractual arrangement (including salary sacrifice)
  • Where the employer is a ‘close’ company and the benefit is provided to an individual who is a director, an office holder or a member of their household or their family, then the exemption is capped at a total cost of £300 in a tax year
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If you would like more information or any advice on how to avoid tax exposure when giving gifts to your employees, or for any other tax-related matters, get in touch on 01788 539000 or 0116 261 0061.