Christmas is only a month away (I know where did the year go?) and many businesses will be having their Christmas parties soon.
Business.gov.au have published tips for employers on how to abide by their WHS and tax obligations when organising and holding Christmas parties.
Business.gov.au emphasise that while staff may be “off the clock”, when the party is on employers are still responsible for their employees’ health and safety. Business.gov.au’s WHS tips for Christmas parties include: sending an email to staff beforehand to remind them that the party is still a work function and outline any necessary rules, ensuring alcohol is served responsibly and that there are non-alcoholic drinks available, and organising transport to take employees home.
Business.gov.au also emphasise the importance of considering any tax requirements when planning a Christmas party, specifically Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT).
Business.gov.au state that there is no separate FBT category for Christmas parties and that employers won’t have to pay FBT if the party is held on the business premises or is below $300 per person. They also state that employers should consider the value of any gifts distributed, whether to invite clients and associates, the cost per person, and the benefits of hosting the party on the business premises, as these factors can attract FBT.
Business.gov.au’s tips and further information can be read in full here.
Have you had to organise the office Christmas party? Did you have to consider these issues, if not more? Feel free to log in and comment below.