You do not need to pay tax on benefits that employers provide to their employees if they qualify for what is known as a Trivial Benefit.
To be a Trivial Benefit, the following must apply:
- it costs £50 or less to provide
- it isn’t cash or a cash voucher
- it isn’t a reward for an employee's work or performance
- it isn’t in the terms of an employee's contract
No tax or National Insurance needs to be paid on trivial benefits and you do not need to report them to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC).
If you are not sure whether a benefit counts as a trivial benefit, call HMRC's Employer Helpline.
For more technical details about Trivial Benefits see Employment Manual 21864
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