Have you heard about the Christmas party allowance?


As a business owner, you are always looking for ways to save tax. The Christmas period can seem like a daunting time with parties and presents, making it one of the most expensive times of the year.

Christmas is also a wonderful time of the year, not only to treat yourself but to treat your employees too. Therefore, make sure you spend the time enjoying yourself this party season and not worrying too much. We have compiled a list of information for you to use to help you out.

Tax Relief

Let’s first talk about the big one, tax. As a business owner, you are always worried about how you can lessen your tax or receive some kind of tax relief.

Did you know about HMRC allowing tax relief for businesses to provide an annual event for staff?

In particular, a Christmas party!

Even if you are a Solopreneur and the only one in your business, you can still follow the tradition of having a Christmas party. Why not? Go and treat yourself!

What can be claimed?

For a Christmas party, you can get up to £150 per person for Transportation, Accommodations, Food and Drink, and other expenses.

This means that you and your team can have an excellent evening celebrating the festive period.

Also, if you do work on your own, you can invite your partner meaning that you and your loved one are able to spend a night out with £300 to spend, tax-free.

What are the rules?

The maximum amount that you can spend per head is £150. If you exceed this limit, the entire claim would become subject to deductions of National Insurance and Income Tax. This event must also be available to all of your staff members.

Finally, a reminder that this is an annual allowance, not per event. If you have already claimed money for a BBQ in the Summer, you can only claim the remaining amount. The remaining amount is needed to reach a total of £150. Therefore, make sure you plan accordingly so you know just how much tax-free money you can claim.

From all of us at Crisp Accountancy, have a very Merry Christmas!

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