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Christmas gifts for staff

Last minute shopping and planning is a Christmas tradition for many, so now would be a perfect time to remind bosses that there is a tax-free allowance for the provision of an annual party or other event for the benefit of staff and their partners.

What support grants are available for pubs?

Eligible pubs have the opporunity to apply for "wet-led pubs" support grant as well as the "Local Restrictions Support Grant (LRSG (Closed) Addendum)".

How to stop the Taxman from attending your Virtual Christmas Party

This tax exemption is going to be applied in the same way that it would normally apply for traditionally held parties, thus meaning that food, entertainment, equipment and any other expenses that may come with holding a virtual Christmas Party will be exempt from being taxed. This is subject to the normal conditions that would normally apply being met. 

Enjoy a tax-free Christmas bash

Follow the outline below to ensure that the cost of your annual staff party will not create tax issues for you or your staff.

Tax-free perks at Christmas time

This article is our usual reminder of the tax breaks available if you are organising a Christmas party for your staff.  

Tax-free perks at Christmas time

This article is our usual reminder of the tax breaks available if you are organising a Christmas party for your staff.  

Staff Christmas parties and gifts

There has, for many years, been an exemption for small and seasonal gifts made by an employer to its employees such as a turkey, an ordinary bottle of wine or a box of chocolates at Christmas. In addition, employers have always been able to rely on the annual staff function to exempt Christmas parties (provided the combined VAT inclusive cost of any such functions remains below £150 per head). But now, following the introduction by HM Revenue & Customs of new trivial benefit rules, from 6 April 2016, other staff gifts  might now qualify as a trivial benefit if the cost per head is below the specified VAT inclusive £50 limit. In order to qualify for the exemption, the gift cannot be part of any reward for services, nor can it be in the form of cash or vouchers capable of being converted into cash.

Staff Christmas parties and gifts

There has, for many years, been an exemption for small and seasonal gifts made by an employer to its employees such as a turkey, an ordinary bottle of wine or a box of chocolates at Christmas. In addition, employers have always been able to rely on the annual staff function to exempt Christmas parties (provided the combined VAT inclusive cost of any such functions remains below £150 per head). But now, following the introduction by HM Revenue & Customs of new trivial benefit rules, from 6 April 2016, other staff gifts  might now qualify as a trivial benefit if the cost per head is below the specified VAT inclusive £50 limit. In order to qualify for the exemption, the gift cannot be part of any reward for services, nor can it be in the form of cash or vouchers capable of being converted into cash.

100 days until Christmas: optimising your supply chain

It may only be mid-September, but for some, Christmas is already looming on the horizon. Brands will be gearing up for their big seasonal marketing push. Parents will become increasingly reminded of the things their children absolutely ‘need’ this year.