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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Paragraph 44: Partnership share agreements

3086.This paragraph states that the SIP must provide for qualifying employees to enter into partnership share agreements. (The definition of “qualifying employee” may be found in paragraph 8(6) of this Schedule.) This paragraph derives from paragraph 34 of Schedule 8.

3087.This paragraph now has three sub-paragraphs. Sub-paragraph (2) deals with the definition of the term “partnership share agreements” and the ambit of that definition.

3088.Paragraph 34 of Schedule 8 referred to “the company” on three different occasions, with the company being defined elsewhere in that Schedule, in relation to a SIP, as the company which established the plan (as it is in paragraph 2(2) of this Schedule). One of those three occasions referred to the employee authorising the company to deduct part of the employee’s salary. However, in the case of a group plan, an employee might be employed by a group company which had not established the SIP; and, in such a case, the reference to authorising “the company” to make deductions from salary would not work well.

3089.Sub-paragraph (1)(a), read with sub-paragraph (3), accordingly provides for the authorisation to make deductions from the employee’s salary to be given to the company by reference to which the employee meets the employment requirement in relation to the plan. See Change 162 in Annex 1.

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