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The government has recognised the Share Incentive Plan (SIP) is an excellent starting point for employee ownership, with its almost unbelievable tax efficiency, huge flexibility and straightforward implementation. Key benefits of a SIP In summary, here are the key benefits of a SIP for a company looking...

We are excited about the potential for Employee Ownership Trusts (EOT). We’ve completed 40 so far covering 5,700 employees and with an aggregate value of £500 million and we have many more in the pipeline. Despite the economic challenges posed by Covid-19, we...

There has been recent speculation in the press regarding possible changes to capital gains tax rates (CGT), which are far lower when compared with income tax rates, and the possible withdrawal of entrepreneurs’ relief (ER), which taxes qualifying gains to a CGT rate of 10%...

RM2 does the research for the Employee Ownership Top 50, a list of the largest 50 private employee-owned companies in the UK which has been prepared annually since 2014. RM2 publishes the list in a partnership with the Employee Ownership Association (EOA).Key findings:By tracking the...

The Upper Tribunal (“UT”) has allowed HM Revenue & Customs (“HMRC”) to appeal against the decision of the First-tier Tribunal (“FTT”) Vermilion Holdings Ltd v HMRC [2019] UKFTT 230 (TC) (8 April 2019) that an option was not granted to a director by reason of...

To be a qualifying Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) option on exercise there are certain working time requirements that an EMI option holder must meet throughout and furloughing an employee technically constitutes a ‘disqualifying event’ such that from the moment the EMI option holder ceases to...

Companies that operate Share Incentive Plans (SIP) for employees will already know about the excellent tax benefits offered by this type of all employee share plan. Ultimately, a SIP can deliver a zero tax rate for participants, making it the most tax efficient share plan...

What makes a successful employee share plan? These are testing times for all of us, so perhaps it’s a good time to share some positivity - the story of one of our clients whose employee share plan arrangements achieved a number of successful outcomes. A private company...

This article is not an attempt to increase levels of “collective hysteria” which are certainly not welcome at the current time, but the blog is intended to be merely noteworthy. It is undeniable that due to the current coronavirus pandemic, the Government has acted in ways...

Amidst ongoing anxiety unleashed by the coronavirus pandemic, concerns about the impact on the economy are increasingly driving government’s response. Is it time to start thinking about alternative business measures to help stabilise and improve the economy, and could employee ownership be part of this? The...

RM2 – COVID-19 Update It’s clear to all of us by now that these are unprecedented times. They are confusing and are shaping some businesses in a way that has never been seen before. At RM2 we are working from home and the office...

Finally, HM Revenue & Customs have decided to try to turn Entrepreneurs’ relief into a “bad” relief. Finance Bill 2020 potentially changes the name of the relief from "entrepreneurs' relief" to "business asset disposal relief" with effect from the tax year 2020-21 (i.e. 5 April 2020)....

In view of the ongoing Coronavirus crisis, please see below some practical tips and guidance for trustees of businesses owned by employee ownership trusts (EOT). Trustee duties With the expected economic chaos arising from the Coronavirus crisis it is important to recap the duties and responsibilities of...

RM2 is open for business, although we are following the guidance issued by Public Health England, which can be found using the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/coronavi...

Entrepreneurs Relief (“ER”) and Enterprise Management Incentives Clearly, the Treasury have finally had enough of the fact that ER primarily benefited a small number of very affluent taxpayers and, according to the government, has done little to generate additional entrepreneurial activity. Accordingly, they have slashed the...