Ho, Ho, Ho!  Knowing What's Deductible - Gifts  (Summer 2016)


The rule of thumb with gifts is that if they consist of food or drink, you can only claim 50% of the expense as a tax deduction. 

If you are giving out gift baskets or hampers and some of the contents are food or drink, but not all, the food or drink items are 50% deductible but the other gift items are 100% deductible.

When you come to claim the tax deduction, you will need to apportion the expense between the 100% deductible items and the 50% deductible items.

Gifts to clients

If your Christmas giving includes gifts to clients, remember that some gifts will be fully deductible while others will be only 50% deductible.  Use these examples as a guide.

50% deductible
  • Bottle of wine or six pack of beer
  • Meal voucher
  • Basket of gourmet food
  • Box of chocolates/biscuits
  • Christmas ham
100% deductible
  • Calendar
  • Book or gift voucher
  • Tickets to a rugby game (but not corporate box entertaining)
  • Movie tickets
  • Presents (not food or drink)
FBT on gifts 

If you are giving gifts to your team you may also be liable for fringe benefits tax.

There's a $300 exemption from paying FBT per employee per quarter so if the value of the gift is less than $300 you may be exempt.

However, if the value of total benefits for an employee goes over $300 for the quarter year (and provided the total value of all benefits doesn't exceed $22,500 for the year), the full value of the benefits is subject to FBT.


If you'd like more information on the deductibility of gifts or FBT implications, feel free to contact us.

What about entertainment?   Click here to read about the tax implications on entertainment events for staff and clients.


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