General and background information


The first £8,000 of qualifying relocation expenses associated with an employee required to change their main residence for valid work reasons are exempt from tax. Valid reasons include:  

  • Starting a new employment. 
  • Change of the duties of employment. 
  • Change of the place (or normal place) where their duties of employment are performed.


A qualifying relocation expense has to fit into one of the following broad categories: -

  • Disposal or intended disposal of old residence
  • Acquisition or intended acquisition of new residence
  • Transporting belongings
  • Travelling and subsistence
  • Domestic goods for the new residence – only fixed items that would be unreasonable to expect your employee to take with them from their old residence.
  • Bridging loans.


Anything that does not fit into one the above criteria is a non-qualifying relocation expense and should be entered in Section N.


Employees have until the end of the following tax year in which the relocation commenced to fully utilise the £8,000 exemption. Relocation expenses that would have been qualifying but that were paid late should be entered in Section M.


Finally, the £8000 exemption is related to each relocation event and not to a tax year.


Information required

The excess over £8,000 of the total amount of all qualifying expense payments and qualifying benefits (less any contribution by the employee). It is necessary to take into account qualifying expenses and benefits from earlier years.


Measure of benefit

Qualifying expenses and benefits include legal fees, estate agents’ charges, temporary accommodation costs, removal costs and travel costs between the old and the new locations. Consult Booklet 480, Appendix 7 for a fuller list of qualifying expenses and benefits. If the total package exceeds £8,000 then the excess is taxable in full. The same amount is also subject to Class 1A NICs. The expenses are not, as one might expect, subject to Class 1 NICs. Relief is not generally available for expenses incurred after the end of the tax year following the year in which the move took place but, if requested, HMRC may grant a longer period.

The rules for relocation expenses place an overriding limit of £8,000 on the amount of qualifying expenses that can be paid free of tax. However, the employee is no longer required to sell the former home in order to qualify for relief. Provided the employee has to change his or her residence as a result of a transfer within an organisation or to take up a new employment, then relief under the legislation will be allowed.


Practical points

  1. Ensure that benefits and expenses are receipted and documented.
  2. Utilise the overriding £8,000 limit by first claiming those expenses and benefits which do qualify for relief rather than those which do not and are taxable in any event. Non-qualifying expenses should be entered at section N. 
  3. The excess of qualifying amounts over £8,000 does not have to be subject to a PAYE deduction even if paid in a manner that would normally require a deduction. It is sufficient to report it at the end of the year on Form P11D or use a PSA. 
  4. Qualifying expenses and benefits in excess of the £8,000 limit are liable to Class 1A NIC (CWG5 Appendix1). 
  5. Non-qualifying benefits and qualifying expenses paid late are reported at section M (brown box) and non-qualifying expenses at section N (blue box). 
  6. Non-qualifying expenses reimbursed to the employee should be subject to PAYE tax and Class 1 NIC at the time of payment and are therefore not subject to Class 1A NIC.

P11D Form: Section J


P9D Form: Section A(1) (Obsolete after 2015/16 Tax year)


P11D Guide: Section J

See booklet 480 Part 4 chapter 7 5.19. Enter the excess over £8,000 of the total amount of all qualifying:
  • expenses payments (the gross amount)
  • benefits (cost to you as the employer less anything paid towards the cost by the director/employee), and
  • provided accommodation.

Qualifying expenses and benefits are those which are:

  • exempt, see booklet 480 appendix 7, and
  • paid by the 'relevant day' and meet the other qualifying conditions see booklet 480 chapter 5.

Exempt costs include many of the normal costs of relocation, such as estate agents’ and legal fees, stamp duty, house-hunting visits and removal costs.


If you have difficulty in valuing any benefits for the purpose of calculating the excess over £8,000, discuss the details with your HMRC office before you complete form P11D.


Remember that the £8,000 limit applies to the whole relocation not just to qualifying expenses, benefits and so on provided this year. If there were qualifying items for this director/employee last year, include them when working out 

whether there is an excess over £8,000.


For non-qualifying relocation costs, see boxes M and N.


Additional HMRC Documentation and external help 
Click the links below to go directly to the HMRC website to download or view the PDF or help files listed below.



Manual data entry

Benefit and expenses records are assigned to an employee record within the system.
The software will require a certain amount of information in order to calculate a benefit in kind value. The information required to be entered is particular to each section of the P11D.

How to manually enter a Section J benefit:

STEP 1
Select the employee record to that you wish to assign the benefit to

STEP 2 
Select benefit section “Section J” from the drop-down benefit selector – or click on the “Section J” icon at the top of the screen.

STEP 3
Click the ADD button.

STEP 4
Select the benefit Description and click OK to proceed to the next stage.

STEP 5 

The following data points are used to calculate the benefit in kind for this benefit type:
  • Date relocation began (must be within 2 years of the selected tax year) 
  • Cost to the employer of any qualifying expenses and benefits.
  • Cost of qualifying living accommodation provided
  • Qualifying relocation expenses incurred in the previous Tax year (BIK is based over 2 Tax years)
  • Amount made good towards qualifying benefits by the employee
  • Relocation to Text




NOTE: The software automatically reduces the value entered by the £8000 exempt amount


Having entered the necessary details of the benefit, click OK to save the record.









Importing Data


There is no import routine currently available for Section J benefits.