EMI Share Options: EU waives opportunity to ‘be difficult’.

23rd May 2018

Tech companies that have a business plan of developing a new product, with the aim of an eventual trade sale or IPO exit, will be very familiar with EMI share options. These options give generous personal tax breaks, to help recruit, retain and reward middle management and key workers. Under generic EU principles, such tax breaks are classified as state aid, and are hence not permitted. However, there is a mechanism within the EU to authorise, and hence permit, such schemes and this has been the case for EMI since their introduction in 2009. This authorisation has just come up for review, and Brexit observers might be a little surprised to see it renewed.   

This renewal requirement and process, interestingly termed a ‘prolongation’ by the EU, is just the sort of red tape that the UK is hoping to avoid post Brexit.   

 



 
Other items in Blogs
 
Richard Alecock
13th January 2021 Information on local business grants from West Suffolk Council

Find out the up-to-date information on local business grants from West Suffolk Council during the COVID-19 pandemic:   COVID-19 support for business – grants (westsuffolk.gov.uk)

Read More »

Jonathan Moore
8th January 2021 New lockdown grants to support businesses and protect jobs

On 5th January 2021 the Chancellor announced new one-off top up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through the new lockdown.   The one-off top-ups will be granted to closed businesses as follows:   £4,000 for businesses with a rateable value of £15,000 or under…

Read More »

Chris Kelly
8th January 2021 Wrongful Trading Liability Suspension – Renewed 26 November 2020

In March 2020 the Government temporarily suspended wrongful trading provisions until 30 September 2020.   The purpose of this measure had been to ensure that company directors could continue to operate during Covid-19 without worrying about becoming personally liable for wrongful trading.   On 26 November 2020, following the 2nd lock down, new legislation came…

Read More »

Jaimie King
4th January 2021 Coronavirus loan scheme deadline extended

On 17th December the government announced a further extension to the Coronavirus Business Interruption Scheme loans (CBILS) – meaning that businesses now have until 31st March 2021 (previously 31st January) to apply.   This welcome announcement means that more businesses will be able to enter the loan scheme, benefitting from the needed funds during these…

Read More »

Nick Edgley
18th December 2020 Don’t miss 31 January deadline for filing your Self-Assessment Tax Return

The New Year is approaching and so is the deadline for filing your Self-Assessment Tax return – January 31, 2021.  Our tax experts can ensure everything is completed accurately and submitted on time.   If you need help or advice with your tax return or any other accounting or financial matters, please contact your local…

Read More »

Ian Piper
8th December 2020 BREXIT: Is your SME ready?

As 1-Jan-21 draws ever nearer what changes should your SME business prepare to adopt ready for Brexit: Exporting Goods to the EU  Despatches are renamed exports. Apply for an EORI number (which will look something like: GB123456789123). Check whether what you sell is a restricted good that requires an export licence. Check whether there are…

Read More »