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Lewin Higgins-Green

Lewin Higgins-Green leads FTI Consulting’s Employment Tax & Reward offering in the UK. Lewin works with clients across a wide range of sectors, with a strong focus on financial services, and advises clients on employee related tax matters, both for domestic and internationally mobile employees. Lewin is a chartered tax advisor and a member of the Employment Taxes Technical Sub-Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.
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Optional remuneration arrangements
Optional remuneration arrangements
Practice notes

This Practice Note is intended to provide an overview of the Optional Remuneration arrangement (OpRA) rules introduced from 6 April 2017 which affect the way in which the taxable value of benefits-in-kind provided by employers to employees is calculated in circumstances where the employee has either given up the right to receive alternative cash (or other earnings) in exchange for a benefit, or has been given a choice between receiving cash (or other earnings) and a benefit. This Practice Note is written in partnership with Lewin Higgins-Green of FTI Consulting.

Practical guidance on the taxation of share options for internationally mobile employees
Practical guidance on the taxation of share options for internationally mobile employees
Practice notes

This Practice Note summarises the taxation of internationally mobile employees and directors in relation to securities options from 6 April 2015. It provides tabular guidance on tax treatment and PAYE reporting and compliance considerations, distinguishing between the different treatment that can apply, depending the UK tax residence and other changes to the international mobility conditions of the option holder during the relevant period. Written in partnership with Lewin Higgins-Green at FTI Consulting.

Salary sacrifice—basic principles
Salary sacrifice—basic principles
Practice notes

The purpose of this Practice Note is to summarise the key features of salary sacrifice arrangements (more recently known as optional remuneration arrangements), their key drivers, advantages, risks and considerations of their implementation, and the contexts in which they are used. This Practice Note has been produced in partnership with Lewin Higgins-Green of FTI Consulting and Philip Swinburn of MacFarlanes.

Tax implications of salary sacrifice
Tax implications of salary sacrifice
Practice notes

This Practice Note explains the key features of the employment income tax and National Insurance contribution (NICs) legislation that support salary sacrifice arrangements and the tax consequences of wider optional remuneration arrangements, whether on an individual basis or collective basis across a workforce, and which dictate the practical requirements for implementing a salary sacrifice scheme. This Practice Note is produced in partnership with Lewin Higgins-Green of FTI Consulting and Philip Swinburn of MacFarlanes.

Types of salary sacrifice
Types of salary sacrifice
Practice notes

This Practice Note provides details of the most common types of salary sacrifice arrangements, namely pension contributions, employer supported childcare and the cycle to work scheme. Other common arrangements are also summarised. This Practice Note also introduces the wider concept of optional remuneration arrangements (OpRAs) and their implications. This Practice Note has been produced in partnership with Lewin Higgins-Green of FTI Consulting and Philip Swinburn of MacFarlanes.

HMRC salary sacrifice clearance letter
HMRC salary sacrifice clearance letter
Precedents

A salary sacrifice involves an employee giving up a right to receive part of their cash salary in exchange for a defined non-cash benefit. Once a salary sacrifice scheme (also sometimes known as an optional remuneration arrangement) is established, clearance can be obtained from HMRC as to its impact for tax and National Insurance contributions purposes. This is an example letter to be sent to HMRC in order to obtain such clearance. This Precedent is written in partnership with Lewin Higgins-Green of FTI Consulting and Philip Swinburn of MacFarlanes.

Letter from company inviting employees to join salary sacrifice
Letter from company inviting employees to join salary sacrifice
Precedents

A salary sacrifice involves an employee giving up a right to receive part of their cash salary in exchange for a defined non-cash benefit. This is a precedent letter from the employer to the employee inviting the employee to enter into the salary sacrifice arrangements (also sometimes known as optional remuneration arrangements) and explaining the consequences of such an arrangement on the employee’s contract of employment and the next steps should the employee wish to participate. This Precedent is written in partnership with Lewin Higgins-Green of FTI Consulting and Philip Swinburn of MacFarlanes.

Salary sacrifice scheme—employee FAQs
Salary sacrifice scheme—employee FAQs
Precedents

This FAQ template is a set of questions for the employee in regard to their salary sacrifice arrangement. It is intended to supplement the suite of salary sacrifice documents and should be sent by the company to the employee with the initial letter inviting the employee to join the salary sacrifice scheme. A salary sacrifice arrangement (also sometimes known as an optional remuneration arrangement) involves an employee giving up a right to receive part of their cash salary in exchange for a defined non-cash benefit. This Precedent is written in partnership with Lewin Higgins-Green of Macfarlanes LLP.

Other work

Salary sacrifice—checklist
Salary sacrifice—checklist

A salary sacrifice involves an employee giving up a right to receive part of their cash salary in exchange for a defined non-cash benefit. This is a checklist showing the steps which must be followed by the employer company in order to implement an effective salary sacrifice arrangement (also sometimes known as an optional remuneration arrangement). Written in partnership with Jenny Wheater of Linklaters, Lewin Higgins-Green of FTI Consulting and Philip Swinburn of Macfarlanes LLP.

Practice Areas

Panel

  • Contributing Author

Membership

  • Chartered Institute of Taxation

Education

  • University of Exeter LLB (1st) 2004-2007

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