5 facts regarding Food coupons / meal pass and its tax implications

Food coupons

Many companies give food coupons/ meal pass to their employees and do not deduct tax on it. As a Compensation & Benefit manager,  you should know followings before exercising option of food coupons / meal pass.

Following is the abstract of the perquisite valuation rule governing issuance of meal vouchers

(iii)   The value of free food and non-alcoholic beverages provided by the employer to an employee shall be the amount of expenditure incurred by such employer. The amount so determined shall be reduced by the amount, if any, paid or recovered from the employee for such benefit or amenity:

Provided that nothing contained in this clause shall apply to free food and non-alcoholic beverages provided by such employer during working hours at office or business premises or through paid vouchers which are not transferable and usable only at eating joints, to the extent the value thereof either case does not exceed fifty rupees per meal or to tea or snacks provided during working hours or to free food and non-alcoholic beverages during working hours provided in a remote area or an off-shore installation.