Reminder: UK stock plan filings due by July 6th 2017
The UK tax authorities’ (“HMRC”) submission deadline for annual filings in relation to employment-related securities for the 2016/17 tax year is midnight on July 6th 2017.
You may wish to alert your clients with UK subsidiaries to this deadline. We have summarised details of the filing obligation below, which you are welcome to “cut and paste” to alert them.
UK STOCK PLAN FILINGS: SUMMARY FOR YOUR CLIENTS
What needs to be done and by when?
What are the filing requirements?
What are the risks?
Scope of the reporting requirements
The ERS reporting requirements apply to any stock options, shares and other types of security that are acquired by UK employees by reason of their employment. It can therefore apply to stock options and other kinds of share incentives that are granted by non-UK companies to UK based employees. Reporting may also be required in respect of non-UK resident employees who carry out work duties in the UK.
Each ERS plan or arrangement should be registered online, however non-tax advantaged plans or arrangements do not need to be registered until there is a reportable event.
Self-certification of UK tax advantaged plans
Companies that operate tax advantaged ERS plans, such as Share Incentive Plans (SIPs), Savings Related Share option plans (SAYE) and Company Share Option Plans (CSOPs) must self-certify online that the plan complies with the relevant statutory code. The company secretary (or the employer on their behalf) should complete an online form declaring certain requirements have been met at the date of registration or from when the first option or award was granted.
Annual online filings
An online filing must be completed for each registered ERS plan or arrangement by July 6th following the end of the tax year. The returns will contain details of any share options that have been granted and exercised, as well as any other reportable events in relation to employment-related securities
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