Small benefits relief - tax free voucher

Tax free voucher

Small benefits relief” allows an employer to give each employee a single non-cash voucher or benefit in any tax year without having to apply PAYE, PRSI or USC.

Up until 21 October 2015 the maximum limit was €250; however, this has now been increased to €500 effective from 22 October 2015 as confirmed by the Minister for Finance in a press release dated 20 November 2015.

It is important to note that if the employer gives two vouchers worth €200 each, the value of the first voucher may be disregarded for tax purposes but the value of the second voucher has to be included as notional pay for PAYE/PRSI/USC purposes.


Where a benefit now exceeds €500 in value, the full value of the benefit will be subject to PAYE, PRSI and USC deductions.

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