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What miscellaneous benefits can I offer Tax-Free?

What miscellaneous benefits can I offer Tax-Free?

Mike Wakeford

The list of miscellaneous company benefits that can be provided tax-free to employees is quite short. However, some of the benefits that can be provided include the following:

  • Medical insurance or medical treatment for employees working abroad.
  • One annual medical health check and health-screening assessment.
  • Exempt loans to employees. There are several scenarios where beneficial loans are exempt, and employers might not have to report anything to HMRC or pay tax and National Insurance. The most common exemption relates to small loans with a combined outstanding value to an employee of less than £10,000 throughout the tax year.
  • Certain Living accommodation.

There are special rules for providing living accommodations to employees under certain circumstances. In most cases, employees will pay tax on an employer’s living accommodation unless they qualify for an exception.

An exception for living accommodation will usually apply in cases where:

  • The accommodation is necessary for an employee to do their job properly;
  • It’s customary to have living accommodation with the job and means the employee can perform their job better;
  • The employee faces a particular threat to their security because of their job and the living accommodation is in place to help protect them.

There is no requirement to pay tax on benefits and expenses covered by concessions or exemptions, and they do not need to be included on a tax return.

Should you need help and further clarity around filling in your tax return, Moore (South)'s Tax team can help you complete your tax returns on time, correctly and hopefully make them stress-free.