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Employee Share Plans Software Limited ("ESP-Software Ltd")

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ESP-Software evolved from the need to make the administration of employee share plans simple and to give control of the employee share plans to companies wishing to administer their own plans. Here, you can learn more about us.

Click here to learn more about The Share Incentive Plans Software (SIPS). And see the demonstration video.

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FAQ: Can I take part in my employer’s plan?
Share Incentive Plans are all-employee plans, so they cannot be restricted to particular groups or individuals. However, companies can exclude employees who have not worked for the company for a minimum period of time. Individual companies can set their own minimum limit, but it cannot be longer than 18 months.

Part-time employees have the same rights to join as full-time employees.
You can take part right up to retirement. Income tax and National Insurance advantages will remain in place if you take your shares out of the plan early because you retire at or after the age specified in the plan rules.
Source: Inland Revenue

A Share Incentive Plan, provided that it is approved by the HM Revenue & Customs, can provide tax advantages to both the employees and the company directors. One of the obligations to get your share incentive plan approved is to invite all of your employees.

The Share Incentive Plan legislation provides for three main types of plan shares to be used. They are:

  • free shares - employers can give each employee free shares worth up to £3,000
  • partnership shares - employees can use up to £1,500 per year out of pre-tax and pre-National Insurance Contributions (NICs) pay to buy partnership shares
  • matching shares - employers can give matching shares at a ratio of up to two matching shares for each partnership share bought by the employee
  • dividend shares - employees may be allowed to use up to £1,500 of dividends from their plan shares each year to buy further shares in the company through the plan

£9,000 each year - A tax free investment as shares should be very encouraging!

All an employee needs to do is to keep the shares in the plan as long as possible (usually 5 years) to pay less tax and NICs when he finally takes them out.

Please refer to IFS ProShare's briefing on SIPs for more information.

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