How to Stay Safe from HMRC
15 September 15 | By: Jas Jhooty
This week’s article provides a comprehensive summary of the benefits which are not taxable on any employee. More information can be found by clicking on the relevant links that are provided in instances where we have previously published articles on that kind of benefit.
Meals and drinks
Provided to all employees on similar terms. Meals made available by an employer, who is not the employee’s own employer, are also exempt.
Small and seasonal gifts
Being made generally available to all employees on similar terms such as a Christmas bottle of wine, flowers on birthdays, and so on.
Up to £208 p.a. automatically exempt. Further amounts possible (click here for more details).
Board and lodging outside the UK may be exempt up to certain limits (click here for more details).
Workplace parking space
For cars, vans, motorbikes and bicycles.
If within certain limits, which depend on mileage.
Private use of emergency vehicle
Provided only used for travel to and from home (click here for more information).
Cycles and related safety equipment made available to all employees, and used mainly for commuting and/or certain short journeys between work and local amenities. Private or family use does not disqualify the bicycle provided it is incidental to the main purpose.
Use of a heavy goods vehicle
Exceeding 3,500 kg fully laden and mainly used for business purposes.
Includes retraining programmes on redundancy.
Not received by reason of employment.
External advice paid for by the employer up to £150 p.a.
Any work equipment and services
Where private use is not significant.
Provision of single mobile phone
All private use exempt unless employer pays bill in employee’s name.
Health screenings and medical check-ups (click here for more information).
Overseas medical costs
Medical insurance and treatment during foreign visits where performing employment duties .
Eye tests and corrective glasses
Where employee uses VDU, and provision of test and glasses is required by Health and Safety regulations.
Parties and functions
Up to £8,000 exempt (click here for more information).
Event must be available to employees generally.
Where necessary, or for better performance of duties, or for security reasons.
Personal equipment for disabled individuals
Provision of equipment and services to enable duties of employment to be performed.
For at least 20 years of service and not cash.
Available to all employees but not to general public. Facilities also made available by an employer, who is not the employee’s own employer, are also exempt.
Staff suggestion schemes
Open to all employees on equal terms (click here for more information).
Entertaining and gifts from third parties
Cost of gift to donor is £250 or less.
Goods provided at a discount
Provided amount paid by employee is more than the cost of the goods incurred by the employer (click here for more information).
Fees relating to monitoring schemes
Reimbursement by the employer of registration fees for the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme (PVGS) in Scotland.
We hope you find the above list to be useful. If you require any further advice about any particular non-taxable benefit, please do not hesitate to contact us.