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An employee's perspective - employee share and option plans paper

Published on 03 May 07 by WESTERN AUSTRALIAN DIVISION, THE TAX INSTITUTE

With unemployment at record lows and with capacity constraints becoming a key issue it is essential for employers to attract and retain key employees. Employee Share and Option Plans are becoming an essential component of the package an employer will offer. For many employees these are regarded as a windfall. However, whilst these plans are intended to provide a reward and incentive to employees, they do have a tax cost associated with them which if not given due consideration at the appropriate time can result in a substantial reduction in the after tax benefit provided to an employee. This paper highlights the tax issues relating to these plans and some of the opportunities that may arise.

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Justin McGovern CTA
Justin is a Director of MKT - Taxation Advisors. He joined MKT in February 2002. He has over 17 years experience in tax consulting and business advisory services and also some time working for PWC in the UK. Justin has extensive experience in the provision of advice to SME and corporate clients. Current at 01 March 2007 Click here to expand/collapse more articles by Justin MCGOVERN.
 
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