Tax-free benefits

The taxman usually wants a slice of any benefits provided by an employer to employees – particularly if they are directors of their own limited company. But there are quite a few benefits that are tax-free by law, and so if your employer provides them, that’s cheaper than paying you salary (with tax) for you to buy the goods or services yourself. There is a long list of possibilities, but here’s a selection:

  • pension contributions up to £50,000
  • childcare vouchers of up to £55pw (for basic rate employees – lower amounts for higher rate taxpayers);
  • one mobile telephone where the employer owns the phone;
  • vans where the private use is restricted to home-to-work travel;
  • loan of a bicycle and safety equipment for commuting;
  • health checks for employees or members of the household;
  • eye test and lenses where work involves using a computer;
  • 45p per mile mileage allowance for business use of your own car;
  • annual party costing up to £150 per person attending.
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