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P11D Benefit in Kind: My company has started a PMI policy on

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P11D Benefit in Kind: My company has started a PMI policy on behalf of employees. The policy started on 1st October 2015 and I was expecting to be charged for 6 months as the benefit, to 6th April 2016. However the company accountants are saying that because the company chose to pay annually in advance, as opposed to by monthly DD, then the full amount for a year is the BIK that goes on the P11D. This doesn't seem fair, but is it correct? (This is a benefit that the employees have not actually received yet!)
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  TonyTax replied 1 year ago.

Hi.

You only receive the benefit if there is a claim unless the cover comes with regular medicals for the staff.

I'm afraid that the company accountants are correct in the way that they have dealt with the annual payment.

I hope this clarifies things for you but let me know if you have any further questions.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

So you are saying that a company choice on funding method impacts the benefit charged to the employee? That doesn't really make sense in the context of a group scheme, because the employee is suffering for no logical reason.

Expert:  TonyTax replied 1 year ago.

I've been completing P11Ds for many years and I can only tell you what the tax rule is. Your employer might say that its more efficient to pay the premium annually and I know some providers give discounts for annual payments as opposed to monthly payments.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.

Yes I understand it would be the norm. However I am quite attracted to the argument that one should first look at what benefit has been received - in this case 6 months worth of medical insurance - and then calculate the cost of that benefit.

Expert:  TonyTax replied 1 year ago.

The tax point is the date of payment in the case of private medical insurance provided by an employer. You have full cover from day one so the fact that the premium covers part of one tax year and then the next is irrelevant. If your employer paid your annual car insurance premium and that cover was spread over two tax years, the payment would be taxable as additional salary through the first payroll run following that payment. My point is that tax isn't always logical.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK, thanks. As a follow up though, we have an employee for whom we paid a full year, but he left after 3 months in December. What then?
Expert:  TonyTax replied 1 year ago.

That depends on the terms. I've had clients who have continued to be covered after retirement, at least for a few months and have, therefore, had a taxable benefit.

If the cover ceases when the employee leaves, then the taxable benefit can be apportioned.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK, thanks.
Expert:  TonyTax replied 1 year ago.

Thanks.

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