With the Christmas Parties just around the corner, we thought it is a good time to clarify the rules on tax free staff entertaining.

What is counted as tax free staff entertaining and things to be aware of?

Your Staff Christmas Party is a Deductible Expense

The good news is that your staff Christmas party is an allowable expense for the purposes of reducing your corporation tax bill. This is because entertainment for the benefit of employees.

Benefit in Kind

There is an exemption of £150 per person, per annum for staff entertaining. This means that provided your Christmas party and any other staff function cost less than this, your employees will not have to pay tax and you will not have to pay Employer National Insurance Contributions on the cost. There are rules that apply to multiple events of which you should seek the necessary advice.

Treatment of VAT

Did you know that you can claim input VAT on staff entertaining? If all the attendees are staff, all the input VAT can be recovered. If guests or partners are invited the input VAT must be apportioned based on the number of people. For example, if each member of staff is allowed to bring one guest, 50% of the VAT can be recovered. This is not just for the Christmas party and can apply to events throughout the year.

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About Graham Knight

Graham Knight FCCA AIRPM Graham has vast experience of commercial accountancy within the UK and oversees. Graham is a genuine specialist in the Service Charge and Block Management industry and was a Finalist at the 2015/16 National Property Awards. Graham volunteers much of his spare time to not-for-profit Hastings Sport CIC.

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