Share Scheme Fact Sheets
The RM2 Partnership publish fact sheets on all the principal employee share schemes. Each sheet is one side of A4. Download or view them below, or call us on 020 8949 5522 for share scheme advice or a free consultation.
Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI)
The EMI, introduced in the Finance Act 2000, is a highly tax efficient share option plan. Effectively the employee is granted the right to acquire a share in the future at a pre-agreed price.
Download: Enterprise Management Incentive Fact Sheet
Share Incentive Plan (SIP)
SIPs are highly flexible and a tax efficient method of providing incentives in the form of company shares. Find out the three ways in which the incentive can be provided.
Download: Share Incentive Plans Fact Sheet
Deferred Share Purchase Plan (DSPP)
A DSPP can provide companies with the opportunity to offer share participation in a tax-efficient manner, as gains are treated as capital gains and not as a benefit of employment.
Download: Deferred Share Purchase Plan Fact Sheet
Employee Benefit Trust (EBT)
Download our updated Employee Benefit Trusts fact sheet. RM2 can design and administer EBTs as well as act as Trustee.
Download: Employee Benefit Trust Fact Sheet
Joint Share Ownership Plan (JSOP)
Under a Joint Share Ownership Plan (JSOP), the employee (participant) acquires shares in the employing company jointly with another shareholder (joint owner).
Download: Joint Share Ownership Plan Fact Sheet
Company Share Option Plan (CSOP)
An Approved Company Share Option Plan (CSOP) provides a tax efficient and highly flexible way to reward selected employees, managers and directors.
Download: Company Share Option Plan Fact Sheet
Unapproved Share Option Plan (USOP)
Unless specific tax rules apply, any share-based benefit passing from an employer to an employee will normally be subject to income tax at the employee's highest rate and possibly also to National Insurance Contributions (NICs).
Download: Unapproved Share Option Plan Fact Sheet
Long-Term Incentive Plan (LTIP)
The term Long-Term Incentive Plan tends to be applied to any plan which is not short term in nature, in general practice it covers arrangements where shares are released to selected senior executives over a period of time.
Download: Long-Term Incentive Plans Fact Sheet
The Save-As-You-Earn Share Option Scheme (SAYE)
Approved SAYE Share Option Schemes are a highly tax efficient method for both quoted and unquoted companies to transfer value to employees. The employees are encouraged to stay with their employer while their benefits mature.
Download: Save-As-You-Earn Share Option Schemes Fact Sheet
Share Scheme Administration
Employee Share Schemes are complicated and mistakes made by inexperienced administrators can cost companies dearly.
Download: Administration of Employee Share Schemes Fact Sheet
Growth Share Plan (GSP)
A Growth Share Plan can provide companies with the opportunity to offer share participation in a tax efficient manner.
Download: Growth Share Plan Fact Sheet
Employee Shareholder Status (ESS)
Information regarding the 'Employee Shareholder Status' detailing how new and existing employees can sacrifice some their working rights for shares in their company.
Download: Employee Shareholder Contracts Fact Sheet
Employee share schemes are used to help recruit, retain and motivate staff and further corporate objectives. However, if the arrangements are to be effective then the potential benefits must be properly understood and appreciated by the participants.
Download: Employee Communications Fact Sheet
Entrepreneurs' Relief (ER)
Entrepreneurs' Relief potentially allows individuals and some trustees to claim relief on qualifying gains made.
Download: Entrepreneurs' Relief Fact Sheet
Share Plan Health Check
Ensuring continuing compliance is a specialist task. The RM2 Partnership is a leading specialist in this field. We offer a specialist Health Check service which covers both legislative and operational compliance.
Download: Share Plan Health Check Fact Sheet
Accounting standards (FRS20 and IFRS 2 Share-based Payment) now require companies to show the value of incentives offered in their own shares as an expense against profits. Such incentives can include share options, or the award of shares on advantageous terms.
Download: Option Expensing Fact Sheet
Growth Shares are a special class of shares which enable the employees to invest in their company and maximise their earning potential over a set period of time linked to the growth in share price. Any subsequent gains will receive the more beneficial capital gains tax treatment rather than the income tax treatment.
Download: Growth Shares: are they right for my company?
Download: EMI versus Growth Shares