- raise the income threshold for the $1,000 tax exemption up to $150,000;
- introduce a limited deferral of the taxing point for schemes where there is a 'genuine risk of forfeiture', to protect employees who have a real risk of being taxed on a share or right that they might never get full title to;
- modify the taxing point ('deferred taxing point') for shares, stapled securities and rights;
- introduce an annual reporting requirement and associated withholding arrangements;
- review the existing valuation rules;
- modify the rules relating to the refund of income tax for forfeited benefits.
The Ministers also announced the release of a consultation paper and draft legislation on the tax treatment of Employee Share Schemes in line with its commitment to fast-track consultation. The closing date for submissions is Friday 12 June 2009.
For a copy of the joint media release, No 2009/061, 5 June 2009, go here
For a copy of the consultation paper and draft legislation and explanatory memorandum, go here