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Is the staff party tax deductible ?

The cost of a staff party or other entertainment event such as a Summer BBQ is generally allowed as a deduction for tax purposes. If you meet the various criteria outlined below there is no requirement to report anything to HMRC or pay tax and National Insurance.

There will also be no taxable benefit charged to employees on:

  • An annual Christmas party or other annual event offered to staff generally and is not taxable on those attending provided that the average cost per head of the function does not exceed £150.
  • Provided the event must be open to all employees.
  • If a business has multiple locations, then a party open to all staff at one of the locations is allowable.
  • You can also have separate parties for separate departments, but employees must be able to attend one of the events.
  • There can be more than one annual event. If the total cost of these parties is under £150 per head, then there is no chargeable benefit. However, if the total cost per head goes over £150 then whichever functions best utilise the £150 are exempt and the others taxable.
  • Note, the £150 is not an allowance and any costs over £150 per head are taxable on the full cost per head. It is not necessary to keep a running total by employee but a cost per head per function.
  • All costs including VAT must be taken into account. This includes the costs of transport to and from the event, food and drink and any accommodation provided.

It is highly recommended when planning a staff party or other annual event to try and stick to the tax rules above. This should ensure that your party does not have an extra tax cost for you or your employees.

If you need help in crunching the numbers to make sure you do not exceed the allowable limits, please call me.

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