Several employees are expected (it's not quite mandatory - would it make a difference if it was?) to go on the trip with employees from other companies across the industry. Relationships are formed and business/deals may come from it. The individuals pay for their 3 days of golf fees, and any food and drink over the standard travel expenses allowance. My company pays for the flights & hotel costs of our attendees circa £1,000 each.
Should this be treated as a benefit in kind?
In case it's relevant a couple of the employees do not actually play golf and wait around for everybody to get back and join them for the networking meeting, meal and bar crawl.
I'm telling them (one of whom is my boss) that we are obliged to put the company costs on their P11D's - but it's not gone down well. Would really appreciate any help with this.
Thanks in advance.