Supersonicsaint got in touch to enquire when business meals can be classed as staff entertaining on PSA.
“I'm trying to work out when business meals and drinks become employee entertaining and should be included on our PSA,” asked supersonicsaint, giving a number of examples.
Giles Mooney firstly credited the questioner as a generous employer, as they will also have to sort the national insurance on their employee’s behalf.
Tim Good reminded viewers that a PSA is a PAYE Settlement Agreement under which an employer can meet the tax and NI contribution costs of the benefits that would otherwise have had to go through the payroll or be on a P11D.
Good agreed with the answer given by AccountingWEB member Matrix, who said that the examples listed on the question would “all be staff entertaining” and as such go on the PSA if they are not going on P11Ds.
“If the staff costs were ancillary to entertaining clients then it would all be business entertaining,” continued Good, “but the examples listed were not ancillary and looked like staff entertaining, which will be taxable.”
Citing the well-known case Pepper v Hart, Tim Good stated that the answer was the cost to the company.
Apart from those benefits where there’s a statutory method of calculating the benefit like company cars, accommodation or loans, the fundamental principle, cost to the company, applies.
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