Employees who have regular coronavirus tests could face tax bill

Workers who have regular tests for coronavirus could face a tax bill, it has been claimed.

MP and the chair of the House of Commons Treasury committee, Mel Stride has said workers run the risk of being taxed if they need regular testing for Covid-19.

Mr Stride has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak on the issue. and urging him to urgently look into the matter.

It comes after HMRC guidance was published yesterday, which states that tests purchased by their employees are treated as a ‘benefit in kind’ and therefore is ‘taxable.’

His letter states: “Given that many employers will require these tests on a regular basis, especially in health care settings but also in many other industries (such as hospitality), the tax bills could soon mount up and this does not seem to be a helpful policy at this time.” Sky News reports.

Benefits in kind are benefits from the employer which are not included in worker’s salary.

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis tweeted today Tuesday): “HMRC yesterday confirmed workers who have a Coronavirus test from employer as part of their job will see it treated as a ‘benefit in kind’ and thus be taxed on it (& see take home pay reduced)

“Delighted to see the Treasury Select Committee are taking this up with the chancellor.”

The chancellor has been urged to address the matter ‘as soon as possible.’

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