Benefit-in-Kind

Revenue increased the Small Benefit allowance from €250 to €500 in November 2015. This allows a company to give their employees one, tax-free benefit up to the value of €500 each year. Revenue offers an additional tax allowance on Long Service Awards when the awards take the form of tangible gifts. Gift Innovations will advise you on the rewards options and tax-efficient solutions to avail of these allowances.

Small Benefits Allowance*

Revenue allows one, small non-cash benefit per employee, per annum, up to the value of €500. (PAYE, PRSI or USI do not need to be applied to the benefit). Only one such benefit may be given to an employee in the tax year.

Allowance Cash Vouchers Gifts Comment
Up to €500 Taxed Tax-free Tax-free One small benefit (up to €500) per employee, per annum
* On the assumption that the small benefit has not previously been used by the employee.
* Tax-free = PAYE, PRSI & USC need not be applied to the benefit.

Long Service Awards *

Revenue offers generous tax relief on Long Service Awards only when the awards take the form of tangible gifts. The allowance is €50 for each year of service, starting at 20 years of service, and every 5 years thereafter.

Length of Service Cash Vouchers Gifts Comment
20 Yrs. Taxed Taxed Tax-free Allowance: 20 x €50 = €1000
25 Yrs. Taxed Taxed Tax-free Allowance: 25 x €50 = €1,250
30 Yrs. Taxed Taxed Tax-free Allowance: 30 x €50 = €1,500
35 Yrs. Taxed Taxed Tax-free Allowance: 35 x €50 = €1750
* Long service awards (20, 25, 30 & 35 years of service) are Tax-free only when the awards take the form of tangible gifts. Long Service Awards made in the form of cash, vouchers or bonus bonds are taxable in full.

Savings on Long Service Awards

 

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