Staff Olympic Tickets

For our annual summer party, I have bought enough tickets for an Olympic event for all my staff to attend at a cost of about £50 a ticket. Will there be any tax implications for them? I would like to avoid this if so.

1st August 2012

There is an exemption from tax and National Insurance (NI) if you provide a party or similar function for employees that meets the following three conditions:

  1. It is an annual event
  2. The event is open to all of your employees
  3. The cost per head of the event is not more than £150

Based on the information you have provided, it sounds like the tickets will not trigger any tax or NI on your employees and will be tax deductible for the business.

But if any of the conditions have not been met- say, for instance, you do not normally hold an annual summer event- then a taxable benefit will be triggered and you will have to report the tickets to HM Revenue & Customs on form P11D. However the expenditure will remain tax deductible for the business.

If you would like to discuss making tax efficient gifts in more detail, please do not hesitate to contact your local TaxAssist Accountant.

By Jo Nockels

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