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Finance Act 2014

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4.SIPs are tax advantaged 'all employee' share schemes, which enable employees to acquire shares in various ways, up to maximum values specified in legislation. SIP features may include the purchase of 'partnership shares' by employees by deduction from salary, or the award of 'free shares' or 'matching shares' by employers.

5.This increase in SIP limits reflects the Government's support for employee share ownership.

6.Alongside this measure, the Government also proposes to increase the maximum amount an employee can contribute to savings arrangements linked to tax advantaged Save As You Earn share option schemes. That change was implemented by Treasury Order and took effect from 6 April 2014.

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