Employment-Related Securities and Unlisted Companies is written with mainly private or unlisted companies in mind and explains in depth how the employment related securities (‘ERS’) rules in ITEPA 2003, Part 7 apply to employee share acquisitions generally, including:
- Securities as earnings
- Restricted or convertible securities
- Securities acquired for less than market value
- Securities disposed of for more than their market value
- Post-acquisition benefits connected with securities
- Securities acquired under options
The book also explores employee share acquisitions through various means, the relevant capital gains tax rules and corporation tax relief for employee share acquisitions. Basic share valuation methodology is discussed and though PAYE and NICs do not apply generally to unlisted company shares/securities, they may apply where a market exists for the securities or on the occurrence of events related to ERS. Lastly, the compliance requirements with regard to online registration of schemes, annual returns, penalties etc, are also featured.
The vast majority of companies registered with Companies House are unlisted companies and OMB/SME owner-managers and their professional advisers need to be aware of the impact of the ERS rules and of both the pitfalls and the opportunities presented. Part 7 is complex and confusing but important legislation. The detailed commentary provided here aims to provide its target audience with as complete a guide as possible to both the technicalities and the practicalities involved in a wide variety of circumstances.
There is no other publication of its type which deals with the ERS rules in depth and, as explained, this is a subject which all company owner-managers and their advisers need to be informed about.