How can I reward my employees without adding to their personal tax liability?

If you want to reward your staff for their hard work without making them pay for it, it's important to choose the right benefit structure.

Generally speaking, non-taxable benefits include: 
  • Employee discounts
  • Employee stock options
  • Group-term life insurance up to $50,000
  • Health flexible spending accounts
  • Retirement planning services
  • Job-related tuition assistance reimbursements
  • Theater or sporting event tickets
  • Group meals, employee picnics
  • Traditional birthday or holiday gifts (not cash) with a low FMV

You can access a full IRS explanation of taxable v. non-taxable employee "fringe benefits" hereKitchenSync's industry experts can help you evaluate whether your benefit plan poses any tax liability for your employees.