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Did you know that you can give tax-free gifts to your employees? It's true! There are a few restrictions, but overall, it is a great way to show your appreciation for a job well done or to reward someone for going above and beyond.

Your Guide To Giving Tax-Free Gifts To Employees

Here are a few things to keep in mind when giving tax-free gifts to employees, so we've put together this guide to help make the process a bit easier. Your employees will be thrilled with the extra goodies in their pocket, and you'll be able to deduct the cost of the gifts from your business taxes. It's a win-win! Let’s get started.

How Do I Gift an Employee Tax-Free?

If you're looking to give your employees a little extra something this holiday season, you may be wondering how to do so without incurring a tax bill. The good news is that there are a few ways to give tax-free gifts to employees!

The first way to give tax-free gifts to corporate employees is to utilise gift vouchers. Gift vouchers can be used to purchase a variety of items, including eco-friendly gifts for her, clothing, food, or other experiences. If the value of the voucher is less than £50, then there is no tax charge or liability for the employee.

Another way to gift an employee tax-free is to give them a trivial benefit. A trivial benefit is defined as a benefit that costs less than £50 per employee, is not part of their contractual obligations, and is not provided as part of a salary sacrifice arrangement. Trivial benefits can include things like Christmas parties, tickets to a sports event, or small gifts, like gift cards.

If you're looking to give your employees a more valuable gift, you may be able to do so tax-free as long as the total cost does not exceed £300 per employee. If the gift exceeds £300 per employee, it will be subject to a taxable benefit charge.

Are Gift Vouchers Taxable in the UK?

Gift vouchers are only taxable in the UK if they are part of a salary sacrifice arrangement. A salary sacrifice arrangement is an agreement between an employer and employee to exchange part of their salary for a non-cash benefit, like a voucher.

If you're looking to give your employees gift vouchers as part of a salary sacrifice arrangement, you will need to report the value of the voucher as a taxable benefit on their P11D forms.

What Are My Reporting Obligations?

If you give your employees gifts or benefits that are subject to tax, you will need to report these on their P11D forms. The P11D form is an annual return that is used to report the value of taxable benefits and expenses that have been provided to an employee during the tax year.

You will also need to deduct any income tax and national insurance that is due on the value of the benefit from your employee's salary. Failure to comply with these reporting obligations can result in a tax charge or penalties from HMRC.

Tax-Free Gift Ideas For Employees

For tasty gift ideas without having to pay tax, take a look at our corporate gifts and gift cards. With a range of tasty, ethical and stylish products on offer, there's something to suit everyone.

Looking for a unique gift that doesn't break the bank? Our personalised gift cards are perfect for employees and clients alike. With a range of designs to choose from, you can add your own special message to make it truly personal. As they are tax-free, you can give as many as you like!

If you're looking for a luxurious gift, our corporate gift hamper range has something for everyone. With a selection of gourmet food and wine hampers, you're sure to find the perfect gift to suit your team. Our corporate gifts include office snacks, luxury treats and more!

Giving Tax-Free Gifts To Employees FAQs

Here are a few frequently asked questions that may help you as you navigate the process of giving tax-free gifts to your employees.

Can I give my employees cash gifts?

Yes, you can give your employees cash gifts, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the gift must be made voluntarily and not in lieu of salary or wages. Second, the gift must not be made as part of a salary sacrifice arrangement. Finally, the total value of cash gifts made to an employee during the tax year must not exceed £300.

Do gift cards count as income in the UK?

No, gift cards do not count as income in the UK, and they are not subject to income tax or national insurance. This is because gift cards are not considered to be salary or wages, and they are not part of a salary sacrifice arrangement.

Is there VAT on gift vouchers? 

No, there is no VAT on gift vouchers in the UK. As an employer, you can also claim back any VAT that you have paid on the purchase of gift vouchers.

Are Christmas vouchers taxable?

Christmas vouchers, like other gift vouchers, are only taxable if they are part of a salary sacrifice arrangement. Otherwise, they are not subject to income tax or national insurance. 

Remember, when it comes to giving gifts to employees, it's important to understand all the tax implications. If you have any questions about whether a particular gift is taxable, please consult a qualified tax advisor or chartered accountant.

Am I subject to tax exemption on employee gifts?

You may be subject to tax exemption if you are looking to give your employees a more valuable gift that exceeds £300 per employee. This means that the value of the gift will be subject to a taxable benefit charge.

I'm looking to pay for my employees to have a day out. Is this considered a trivial benefit?

A day out may be considered a trivial benefit if the cost is less than £50 per employee and it is not part of their contractual obligations. However, if the cost of the day out exceeds £50 per employee, it may be subject to a taxable benefit charge.

Buy Tax-Free Gift Vouchers For Employees at the Goodness Project

The Goodness Project is a leading provider of corporate vegan gifts in the UK, with a range of gift ideas to suit every budget. Whether you're looking for a luxury hamper or a simple tax-free gift card, we have something for everyone.

All of our gift vouchers can be gift wrapped and sent by email, so you can be sure that your employees can receive their vouchers instantly. And with no delivery charges and no hidden fees, buying from us is easy and hassle-free. 

Why not take a look at our delicious range of Vegan Hampers & Gift Baskets while you’re here?

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