BIM44020 - Measuring the profits (specific rules & practices) - receipts & deductions: specific deductions - employee share schemes: costs of setting up schemes
The costs of setting up employee share schemes and employee share ownership trusts are capital expenditure and not an allowable deduction in computing taxable profits under ordinary Schedule D principles. This includes the initial amount settled to bring the trust into existence.
However, specific statutory deductions are given for the costs of setting up the following ‘approved’ schemes:
- Share Incentive Plans (SIP) - ICTA88/SCH4AA/PARA7 (previously FA00/SCH8/PARA111).
- Savings-related share option schemes (SAYE) - ICTA88/S84A.
- Company Share Option Plans (CSOP) - ICTA88/S84A.
- Approved Profit Share schemes (APS) - ICTA88/S84A.
These specific statutory deductions are given for the accounting period in which the expenditure is incurred, except where the scheme is approved more than nine months after the end of that period. In that case the expenditure should be disallowed for the period of payment, and allowed instead in the period in which the scheme is finally approved. If a scheme has been used to grant options or transfer shares before the date of approval, the costs of setting up the scheme are not allowable.
The Employee Share Schemes Unit, Capital & Savings, Somerset House deals with the approval of schemes and notifies offices dealing with participating companies when schemes are approved.
A specific statutory deduction for the costs of setting up a qualifying employee share ownership trust (QUEST) is given by ICTA88/S85A, see BIM44135.