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Finance Act 2014


133.SIP is an 'all employee' scheme under which employees may purchase 'partnership' shares out of their pre-tax (gross) salary; be awarded 'matching' or 'free' shares by their employer; or reinvest dividends earned on SIP shares into 'dividend' shares.

134.SAYE is an 'all employee' share option scheme under which employees save out of taxed earnings and can use their savings to purchase shares in their company at a discounted price.

135.CSOP is a scheme under which selected employees may be awarded options to purchase shares in their company.

136.EMI is a scheme targeted on small and medium sized businesses carrying out certain trades, under which selected employees may be awarded share options in their company.

137.The OTS published a report on the tax advantaged employee share schemes in 2012. This identified various areas where the present rules created undue complexities or disproportionate administrative burdens for scheme users, and made recommendations on how the legislation and related provisions could be simplified. The Government implemented the first tranche of changes to give effect to these recommendations in Schedule 2 Finance Act 2013.

138.This measure implements the further OTS recommendations that the Government should introduce self certification and a new 'purpose test' for SIP, SAYE and CSOP (self certification already applies in the case of EMI), and online filing for all employment-related securities returns to HMRC. In drawing up these provisions the Government has consulted extensively over the past 12 months to devise arrangements that will meet the needs of scheme users.

139.The measure also includes minor technical changes to clarify or simplify certain aspects of the current statute, where companies might potentially have found it difficult to self certify with confidence as the legislation stood.

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