December 7th, 2019

The Jonathan Ford & Co Advent Calendar – Day 7


Over the course of the festive season we’ll be bringing you an advent calendar’s worth of tax and financial tips.  Some of them might even be a little Christmassy!  On the 7th day of advent, it’s time to give a little gift with…

(Not so) trivial benefits

Christmas is a time for giving and, somewhat unbelievably, you can provide gifts to your employees (and to yourself) free of tax.

In a rare outbreak of generosity at HMRC, you can provide gifts of up to £50 (including VAT) in value without the employee paying tax on the gift.  Such gifts are known as trivial benefits and can include goods, services and vouchers that can be exchanged for goods or services.

Gifts, even if relatively small, are a great way of telling staff that you appreciate them and they can provide a boost to wellbeing and morale.

Furthermore, your company can claim tax relief on the gift.

There are, as always, some pitfalls to avoid:

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John manages a wide portfolio of owner managed businesses and oversees the smooth operation of the firm’s payroll department.

After obtaining his degree in mathematics from the University of Liverpool, John joined Jonathan Ford & Co in 2004 and qualified as a chartered accountant four years later. John likes to keep abreast of developments in tax and accounting and is responsible for the mentoring of junior staff.

Outside of work, John enjoys powerlifting and is a Liverpool FC season ticket holder.

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