Trivial Benefits – gifts to employees

What gifts can I give to my employees?

As the summer arrives you may be thinking about making a gift to your employees.


Trivial Benefits Gifts


You don’t have to pay tax on a benefit for your employee if ALL of the following conditions apply:
1. Cost you £50 or less to provide
2. It is not cash or a cash voucher
3. It is not a reward for their work or performance
4. It is not part of their contract

This is known as a ‘trivial benefit’. You don’t need to pay tax or National Insurance or let HM Revenue and Customs know. So, you could use this as a way of making a gift to your employees to give them a nice surprise!

Importantly, you have to pay tax on any benefits that don’t meet all these criteria.

For the Directors – You cannot receive trivial benefits worth more than £300 in a tax year if you are the director of a ‘close’ company. A close company is a limited company that’s run by 5 or fewer shareholders.


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This is a general article to assist readers. Professional advice should always be taken in respect of your personal circumstances.

Updated June 2023.

Gifts to employees