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Following an inspection, HMRC has ruled that my company

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Following an inspection, HMRC has ruled that my company should pay PAYE on the proportion of a US resident director's salary that can be attributable to board meetings that he attends in the UK. Fair enough. BUT, they are also saying that we should apply PAYE to any hotel costs when he is in the UK as they would regard our UK office as his 'permanent workplace' and therefore the accommodation costs would be a taxable benefit(!) Can this really be the case - it seems grossly unfair for 4 half day meetings a year...
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Tax
Expert:  bigduckontax replied 3 months ago.

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Bad news, I regret, I concur with HMRC's opinion.


Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Wow! Would it make a difference if the accommodation costs were being paid by his US employing company? HMRC has accepted that his visits are mainly non-taxable since they relate to duties other than as a board director. Typically the business trip would be around 5 days and the board meeting only on one of those days.
Expert:  bigduckontax replied 3 months ago.

Then it would not fall to him as a benefit in kind.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
So to be clear, providing the UK company does not pay for the hotel then there would be no BIK?
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Hi, just checking whether you missed my last point? Thanks.
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Hello, can you confirm please?