Class 1A NICs are paid by employers in respect of most benefits in kind provided to employees such as a company car. Class 1A NICs are also due on charge on termination awards above a £30,000 threshold that have not already been subjected to Class 1 NICs deductions. There’s no employee contribution payable for Class 1A NICs.

Class 1A NICs are due in respect of most benefits provided to:

Where a benefit is provided as part of salary sacrifice or other optional remuneration arrangement (OpRA), special rules apply and the Class 1A NICs are calculated as a percentage of the relevant amount.

Certain conditions must apply before Class 1A NICs are due. These conditions are that the:

There is a statutory exemption for qualifying trivial benefits in kind costing £50 or less in kind. The tax-free exemption applies to small non-cash benefits like a bottle of wine, or a bouquet of flowers given occasionally to employees or any other BiK classed as 'trivial' that falls within the exemption. An annual cap of £300 is applicable for directors or other office-holders of close companies and to members of their families or households.

Source:HM Revenue & Customs | 11-02-2024