Non-monetary gifts to employees at Christmas may be unclassified fringe benefits (UFBs) and could be subject to fringe benefit tax (FBT).
UFBs include all benefits provided by employers to employees in connection with their employment that aren’t classified or excluded in subpart CX of the Income Tax Act 2007 (“ITA”).
Most commonly, these benefits are free or discounted goods and services provided by employers to employees.
Employers must pay FBT on UFBs when the total value of:
- UFBs provided to an individual employee in a quarter exceeds $300 (GST inclusive). The threshold is $1,200 for filing on annual/income year basis, or
- all UFBs provided to employees in the 12 months before the end of the current FBT filing period exceeds $22,500 (GST inclusive).
Note: If the total value of UFBs for all employees exceeds $22,500 for the current quarter and the three previous quarters, the employer must pay FBT on the total value of the goods and services benefits in the current quarter.