The Tax Department has announced in October 2018 its intention to terminate the previous tax practice in relation to the benefits in kind, and instead provide clear guidelines as to the proper valuation of the benefits in kind, for the purpose of consistency, clarity and uniformity, clearing any ambiguities.

The broad definition of the Article 5 of the Income Tax Law in relation to the tax treatment of the benefits in kind, necessitate for a change as the previous tax practice was leaving room for the taxpayers to define and calculate the value of the Benefits in Kind in accordance to their discretion, allowing a more relaxed approach.

Based on the guidance, clear provisions for the valuation of the benefits in kind are set out, applicable as from 01.01.2019. Nevertheless, the subject provisions may be applied for previous years as well.

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