Employers who’re fearful that they aren’t be capable to run Christmas events for his or her workers as a result of strikes and disruption might put them again or ship staff a Christmas hamper.
Robert Salter, a tax companies director at tax and advisory agency, Blick Rothenberg, stated: “The Authorities provides staff a £150 non-taxable threshold yearly for Christmas events, in order that employers can reward their workers with none tax implications.”
He added: “In most years staff use the allowance to throw a Christmas celebration for workers, however this yr as we enter the Christmas Get together Season struggling a wave of practice strikes, and different disruption employers could also be questioning what they need to be doing from a ‘Christmas Get together Season’ perspective.”
Robert Stated: “There’s the choice of placing the celebration again and making it a New Yr’s celebration. Naturally, it will depend on the venue they’ve booked and whether or not that venue is keen to re-schedule the occasion. If the employer is in a position to do that, the tax exemption which applies to Christmas Events the place the per head value is beneath £150 would nonetheless be out there because the £150 per head tax-exempt threshold for Christmas Events is definitely out there to any ‘annual occasions’ which an employer gives in a tax yr – it doesn’t due to this fact should particularly be for a celebration within the run-up to Christmas.”
He added: “ Alternatively, if the employer feels the necessity to cancel the Christmas Get together in full, the employer might ship every of their workers a Christmas hamper of goodies. Offering the hamper prices not more than £50 per individual, this may even be a tax-free present and so – hopefully – convey a little bit of cheer to workers at the moment of yr.”