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Income Tax (Earnings and Pensions) Act 2003

Paragraph 41: Grant of replacement option

3535.Paragraph 41 derives from paragraph 61 of Schedule 14 to FA 2000. It sets out how, if a company reorganisation meets the required criteria set out in the preceding paragraph, a qualifying share option in the old company (“the old option”) is exchanged for an equivalent share option in the new company, “the new option”, to form a “replacement option”. The replacement option must meet certain conditions and must be granted within the time limit outlined in paragraph 42 of this Schedule.

3536.The new sub-paragraph (6) makes it clear that when valuing the shares that are subject to the replacement option, for the purpose of the tests in paragraphs 5 to 7 of this Schedule, the value of the shares in the acquired company, at the time when the old option was granted, is the measure of the valuation of the shares subject to the new option. See Change 177 in Annex 1.

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