We wish you a very happy Christmas and well deserved end-of-year break from your team at Devenny Payne.
It has been another challenging year for our clients. We hope you will be able to take some time at Christmas to connect with family and friends, even if not in person, to recharge and relax.
We are grateful for the opportunity to work with you and be a part of your continued prosperity.
Our office will be closed from Thursday 23rd December 2021 and reopen on Monday 10th January 2022.
Christmas Parties and Presents – and Tax!
Christmas is a great time to acknowledge and reward your employees and other associates by celebrating and giving gifts. But don’t get caught out by entertainment rules! Claiming entertainment and gifts as business expenses is not always straight-forward, as there are implications for GST, income tax and fringe benefits tax (FBT).
Is it Entertainment?
Entertainment is generally not a deductible business expense. Entertainment rules can be tricky, but in general, the more lavish the meal or event, the more costly, the later in the day and if alcohol is involved then it will generally be called entertainment.
Fringe benefits tax may apply to entertainment benefits provided to employees, and if an event or gift is considered to be entertainment then you cannot claim a business deduction or GST.
A Christmas party for employees, spouses, suppliers and customers may or may not be classed as entertainment. Check with us to see if any of the party costs can be claimed.
Keep it Free From FBT
- If you give gifts to your employees keep them under $300 each. Benefits provided which have a value of less than $300 are exempt from FBT.
- Give gifts to employees that they otherwise would have claimed as a tax deduction. For example, you could pay for a professional development course or give new tools.
- Give gift cards or vouchers up to the value of $300. (Vouchers are not considered to be entertainment).
- Avoid giving ‘entertainment’ gifts over $300, such as membership to clubs, tickets to events or travel.
- Pay a Christmas bonus. Process through payroll like any other wage payment and withhold tax. Remember that superannuation applies to bonus wages.
Enjoy the Party
Talk to us when planning your Christmas gifts and events to check how much may be claimed as business expenses. Once you know the costs of throwing a party and giving gifts and bonuses, you can put your feet up and enjoy your own party!
If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact our office on (03) 5366 0700 or send us an email at email@example.com.