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Finance Act 2014

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4.Where an employer is treated as making a notional payment to an employee (such as when an amount becomes chargeable to tax as employment income of the employee under an arrangement involving Employment Related Securities) deduction of tax at source is not possible but the employer is still required to pay an amount to HMRC (“the due amount”) as if tax had been deducted and the employee is entitled to credit as if they had paid tax. Section 222 charges to tax as employment income, by treating as additional earnings of an employee, an amount equal to the due amount that must be paid to HMRC by the employer if the employee does not make good that amount to the employer within the time allowed. There is no charge to tax under section 222 if the employee makes good the due amount to the employer within a specified time. The amendment extends the time available for an employee to make good the due amount to the employer before that amount is treated as earnings of that employee.

5.The Office of Tax Simplification (OTS) published a report and recommendations on unapproved employee share schemes in January 2013. This report included recommendations for changes to the rules in section 222 of ITEPA, which often applies to taxable income received or treated as received by an employee under arrangements involving Employment Related Securities, but also applies to notional payments more generally.

6.This section makes changes to the rules in section 222 of ITEPA following the recommendations made by OTS and which the Government consulted on during summer 2013. A summary of responses to this consultation was published on 10 December 2013. Most of the measures arising from the OTS recommendations in relation to unapproved employee share schemes are in section 50 (Employment-related securities etc) and     Schedule 7.

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