As an employer, you can apply for a dispensation on some expenses and benefits you provide for your employees. This means you won’t need to report them to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) or pay tax or National Insurance on them.

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Before you start

Dispensations cover routine business expenses and benefits like:

  • travel
  • phone bills
  • entertainment

You need to tell HMRC if anything you’ve included in a dispensation changes. If you don’t, it might be cancelled and you’ll have to pay back any tax you owe.

When to apply

You can apply for a dispensation at any time, and it will normally take effect from the date it’s issued.

However, you can ask for it to be backdated to the start of the current tax year if you were already providing the expenses and benefits it covers.