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Trivial benefit expenses

A trivial benefit is a tax-free gift which an employer can gift to employees or directors on an occasional basis.

In order to be exempt from tax and National Insurance contributions, the cost must follow a specific set of criteria for directors of close companies.

A close company is a limited company run by 5 or fewer shareholders.

What does not qualify as a trivial benefit?

If the answer to any of the questions below is yes then the claim does not qualify as a trivial benefit:

  • Is the cost of the benefit greater than £50?
  • Is the benefit cash or a cash voucher?
  • Is the employee entitled to the benefit as part of a contractual obligation?
  • Is the benefit provided as a reward or recognition for achievement? 

What are the limits?

The annual limit is £300 per director per year but with each individual benefit being no more than £50.00.

You will of course need to keep all normal records of purchase such as the receipts.