This document discusses these in detail, together with the conditions for a benefit to qualify as trivial; and the reporting requirements for tax and NIC.

Trivial benefits - statutory exemption

From 6 April 2016 there is a statutory exemption in place for trivial benefits. Items under £50 are classed as trivial and there is no limit on the number of trivial benefits an employee can receive, except where the benefit would otherwise be chargeable on a director or office-holder of an employer company which is a close company, in which case an annual cap of £300 per person per tax year applies. ITEPA 2003, ss 323A, 323B There are a number of conditions for a benefit to qualify as trivial:

  • the benefit is not in the form of cash or a cash voucher (see the Vouchers guidance note)
  • the cost of the benefit is no more than £50
  • the benefit is not provided as part of any contractual obligation or salary sacrifice arrangement
  • the benefit is not awarded as a form of recognition for services performed by the employee (or in anticipation of any such services)

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