As a new Treasurer (non qualified Accountant) for a non league football club, I have been looking at how I can bring in expenses into the equation all correctly to put more into the player's back pocket without costing the club. All the players are employed on a PAYE scheme.
It is my understanding that once a player receives a regular payment for appearance, any expenses paid for travel to home games or training would be taxable as they are already profiting from playing. Expenses paid on a mileage basis for away games can be paid tax free though perhaps in lieu of appearance fee?
If a player was to only receive expenses on a mileage rate, that would be tax free however.
Also, the "trivial gifts" option could be a possibilty, obviously not performance related or in cash. Would this work in lieu of wages say once a month (store card/gift card)?
Hope someone can offer some guidance about the correctness of my assumptions please.