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June 2019 questions and answers

2019-09-02T11:27:58+01:00June 24th, 2019|Categories: Questions & Answers|Tags: , , , , |

Q. If I take my staff away overnight for an off-site daytime business meeting and evening social function, will the costs be tax deductible for corporation tax purposes? A. The costs will be allowable for the company, but a benefit-in-kind will arise on the social aspect of the trip. It may be possible to obtain HMRC approval that the benefit falls within the exemption for annual parties and similar functions costing no more than £150 per attendee (if the £150 is exceeded, the whole amount is taxable as a benefit). You may wish to consider structuring the event to take [...]

Is the summer party tax-free?

2019-09-02T11:23:06+01:00June 13th, 2019|Categories: Articles & Guides, Blog|Tags: , , |

A statutory exemption exists, which allows employers to meet the cost of certain social events for staff without triggering a liability to tax or NICs, providing certain conditions are met. The legislation refers to ‘an annual party or similar annual function’. Although HMRC do not seem to interpret this to mean that the same event must be held every year, it may be prudent to check the issue in advance where a one-off event is planned. Conditions A staff event will qualify as a tax-free benefit if the following conditions are satisfied: the total cost must not exceed £150 [...]