The following Employment Tax guidance note Produced by Tolley in association with Ken Moody provides comprehensive and up to date tax information covering:
The tax rules around enterprise management incentive (EMI) schemes are extremely generous and were introduced to enable small higher risk trading companies to recruit or retain key employees. The principal advantage is that where the option price is not less than the market value of the option shares at the time of grant, no income tax charge arises when the option is exercised. Therefore, if there is substantial growth in value of the shares between grant and exercise, that growth is liable only to CGT when the shares are sold. By contrast, if the option is non-qualifying, an income tax charge arises on exercisebased upon the market value of the shares at that time. CGT entrepreneurs’ relief is usually available for disposals of EMI shares and so the rate of CGT is reduced to only 10%, making the scheme even more attractive (see below for the changes announced at Spring Budget 2020). This note considers the rules on a step-by-step basis.
There is no income tax or NIC charge arising on the granting of an EMI option.
Similarly, there is no income tax or NIC charge arising when an EMI option vests, ie becomes available for exerciseor vests automatically, eg after a specified period.
This is the critical point from a tax perspective. There are two different possibilities.
If the option is granted with an exerciseprice equal to or higher than the actual market value (AMV) at the date of grant, there are, as noted, no income tax or NIC consequences on exercising the option.
It is important to understand that the AMV for these purposes is not the same as the unrestricted market value (UMV), which is used for the purposes of the £250,000 individual limit on share options subject to EMI at any point. AMV is the market value of the shares acquired by an individual, taking into account any discounts which arise due to restrictions
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