Bonuses and allowances can be a great way to boost the overall package you’re able to offer a new employee. They can also be an excellent way to attract and retain good staff. Learn what you need to know about paying the relevant taxes.
Performance bonuses or incentives are paid in addition to your employee’s base wages/salary. They’re usually linked to agreed performance measures, so the amount of the bonus you pay depends on how well the employee has performed during the year. For example, bonuses and incentives can be paid for meeting sales targets or project milestones.
Bonuses are taxed depending on their type and frequency.
Frequent and regular bonuses are treated as part of an employee’s earnings and have PAYE deducted. A one-off bonus (such as an annual bonus) or a redundancy or retirement payment is treated as a lump sum payment.
More information is on the Inland Revenue website:
Fringe benefit tax (FBT) is a tax on benefits employees receive through their work.
There are four main types of taxable fringe benefits:
Read Fringe benefit tax for more information.
Fringe Benefit Tax (external link) - Inland Revenue.