Tax relief on eye tests and glasses
If you spend hours in front of a PC, then your company may be able to claim tax relief on eye tests and glasses. Unlike other medical expenses payments this is an area that potentially qualifies for tax relief.
When you use a VDU, your company can provide eye tests, contact lenses or glasses tax and NIC free (if they are required from using a VDU). This is because your company (or employer) is required to do this by law under the Health and Safety at work regulations.
However, in order for you to benefit from this tax free perk and for your company to claim tax relief on these expenses certain conditions must be met (see below):
Conditions for tax relief on eye tests and glasses
There are two conditions that must apply in order to to claim tax relief on eye tests and glasses.
Planning to obtain tax relief on eye tests and glasses
The best approach to obtain tax relief on eye test is as follows:
Circumstances where tax relief on eye tests and glasses is not available
Basically, this will be where glasses or contact lenses are prescribed and are unrelated to VDU use.
Where your company pays directly for eye tests and glasses in these circumstances the details are declared on form P11D and your company will pay Class 1A NICs.
If you incur the cost and are reimbursed by your company then this amount is treated as earnings and should be put through your company's payroll scheme (see above).
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