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Taxable value of childcare vouchers.

The law on this seems clear at first sight: The taxable value of vouchers is the cost to the employer.

However I have read in Pay Magazine that some Revenue Inspectors assume the administration fee is part of the cost of paying the employee, rather than being a cost of teh specific benefit. This approach would lead to the employee being taxed only on the face value of the voucher.

I think IR statement of practice 6/85 muddies the waters as it says:

"The expenses which should be included in the measure of liability are those which contribute more or less directly to the benefit received by the employee".

However that SP6/85 also says that the employer must include the cost of buying the services.

Rebecca Cave


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