Update on furlough and Enterprise Management Incentive options

14 August 2020

We recently advised that Enterprise Management Incentive (EMI) option holders who have been furloughed or suffered COVID-19 related reductions to their working hours will retain their EMI tax advantages and reliefs following a government announcement. This message has since been confirmed and implemented by section 107 of the Finance Act 2020. 

The legislation provides that failing to meet the working time requirement as a result of COVID-19 will not trigger a disqualifying event causing holders to forfeit their tax advanced status. This measure applies for the period beginning on 19 March 2020 and ending 5 April 2021. 

If you would like to discuss this article further please contact Lisa Hayward, Head of Employee Incentives at Birketts.

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