of employee benefits


Taxation of lunch, recreational and commuting benefits are different.


Lunch benefit taxation

The employer can offer the lunch benefit as a fringe-benefit or as a meal deduction.

Lunch benefit as a fringe benefit

  • Practically same things as a pay raise.
  • 25 % of the benefit load is tax deductible for the company. In other words, it’s less expensive for the employer to offer a lunch benefit than to give a pay raise.
    • if employee is given a 100 € pay rise, employer needs to pay employer expenses from the whole amount when the actual expenses of the pay rise will be nearly 130 €.
    • if the pay rise is given in a form of an employee benefit, the taxable portion is 75 % and employer pays expenses only from 75 €. In addition, the employer doesn’t need to pay employer expenses from the rest 25 € – this whole amount can be deducted in taxation. Also rest 75 € can be deducted at the taxation as other salary expenses.


Lunch benefit as a meal deduction

  • Employer pays 25 % of the lunch benefit load and employee 75%
  • 25% portion is deductible at taxation
    • from 10 € lunch employer is paying 2,50 € and employee 7,50 €
    • if employee is given lunch vouchers or lunch load for a card worth of 100 €, then 75 € is deducted from his/her net salary and employer pays a tax-free portion of 25 €. Employer can deduct that 25 € in taxation. Taxable income isn’t generated to employer or employee.


Taxation of sport and cultural (recreational) benefit

  • Recreational benefit is a voluntarily benefit provided by the employer and it’s regulated to be tax-free benefit
    • Employer can deduct recreational benefit in taxation
    • Recreational benefit is tax-free for employees
  • Maximum tax-free amount of recreational benefit is €400 per year
  • Alternative for pay rise.


Taxation of commuting benefit

  • Employer can offer commuting benefit for employee two ways; on top of the salary or included in a the salary.
  • Commuting benefit doesn’t cause employer non-wage labor costs when it’s 300 € and under or 751 € and over per year per employee. Employer can deduct the purchase expenses in income taxation.
  • Benefit is tax-free for employees up to 300 € and between 751€ – 3400 € per year.
  • Benefit is taxable for employees between 301 € and 750 € per year.
  • Commuting benefit is advantageous for employee, who doesn’t have a right for commuting deductions at yearly taxation when his/her commuting expenses between home and work are under 750 €.


1-300 € No non-wage labor costs / expenses are deductible at income tax Tax free amount
301-750 € Non-wage labor costs / expenses are deductible at income tax Taxable amount (by own income tax per cent)
751-3400 € No non-wage labor costs / expenses are deductible at income tax Tax free amount




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