This year’s Budget highlighted help for companies to get long-term sick employees back to work (an employee who is off work for more than four weeks).

Companies can already claim a deduction for corporation tax purposes for expenditure on staff health and welfare.  The proposed change affects the benefit in kind treatment for relevant employees.

Directors and employees will not be taxed as a benefit in kind for the cost of treatment up to £500 where business picks up the cost.  The company will save Class 1A NIC at 13.8% on the cost up to £500.

The scheme will be subject to consultation this year and will not take effect until 2014.

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