Want To Feel Like Santa, But In A Tax-Wise Manner?

Do you feel like pulling a Santa Claus maneuver on your employees, with treats and gifts for their hard work? 

Do it in a tax-wise manner – certain gifts given to your employees may be claimable as a tax deduction under strict conditions and rules.

During this time of giving, a Christmas gift can reward both the employee and the employer. 

Any gift classified as entertainment cannot be claimed on your tax, regardless of the time of year.

If you wish to claim your gifts as a tax deduction (generally a good idea), giving items classified as non-entertainment gifts is best. These types of gifts that are given to staff or associates are usually exempt from fringe benefits tax (FBT), with the item cost, as well as the GST, being claimable.

Certain gifts fall within the ATO’s guidelines on what is a tax-deductible gift. If you’re looking for ideas on what to give your staff this Christmas, consider the following: 

  • Hampers
  • Skincare
  • Beauty products
  • Flowers
  • Wine
  • TV
  • Computers
  • Crockery
  • Gardening Equipment
  • Gift Vouchers
  • Groceries 
  • Games

However, these gifts should not be more than $300 to claim the GST credit and not incur FBT. If the gift costs more than $300, you will still be able to claim a tax deduction and the GST credit. However, FBT will be payable at the rate of 49% on the grossed-up value of the gift.

If you’re feeling more generous and want to thank your staff, bear in mind that any gifts you give to your staff that could be considered a personal gift may not be claimed as a tax deduction.

Keep records of the expenses associated with purchasing gifts this holiday season for your staff so we can assist with your business’s tax return next year. 

Our staff are well-versed in FBT’s complexities and can assist you with queries surrounding the area. Why not start a conversation with us?