Claiming Your Company Holiday Party for Tax Relief
The holiday season delivers festive fun for staff bonding and celebrating successes from the past year. For small business owners, throwing a holiday party also offers the potential benefit of a legitimate tax deduction. With intentional planning around HMRC guidelines, your company’s annual festive gathering can qualify as a deductible business expense.
What the Rules Require
For your company party to qualify for tax relief, it must satisfy several key criteria outlined by HMRC:
- Costs are kept under £150 per individual
- All staff members are included on the guest list
- It is an annual (not more frequent) event
- Any taxable benefits are reported to applicable employees
Provided these stipulations are met, the full costs of the event can be claimed as a business expense deduction.
Fortunately, there’s no limit on invitees, so feel free to include partners and families. Just stick to that £150 per head limit.
It’s Not an Allowance
This tax exemption for staff parties comes with an important caveat – it’s not an allowance where you can overspend a bit. Even one penny over £150 per attendee will forfeit the entire event’s tax-exempt status. Therefore, tally costs before committing and leave wiggle room for unexpected last-minute expenses.
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