What are Fringe Benefits?

A fringe benefit is a form of pay for the performance of services. An employer can offer various types of employee fringe benefits that are eligible for the fringe benefits tax deduction. Examples include:

  • Disability insurance that is taxable but exempt from FICA and unemployment
  • Group term life insurance up to $50K for regular non-shareholder employees
  • Working condition benefits, such as a corporate car and smartphone
  • Job-related education
  • De minimis benefits, such as the use of a company copy machine, small gifts, occasional parties and picnics, occasional theater or sporting events and benefits from points and miles programs.

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