Some entrepreneurs benefit, but not their employees!
As you are only too well aware by now, the Chancellor announced a major reform of the capital gains tax (CGT) regime by setting a single flat rate of 18% from April 2008. Following a major outcry, the new entrepreneurs’ relief has been announced; this relief will reduce gains liable to CGT by 4/9ths, resulting in an effective rate of 10% on gains of up to £1m on disposals of a business by an individual.
But while business owners may be relieved by the introduction of a 10% rate of CGT on the first £1m of gain, their employees are likely to be far less happy as holdings of less than 5% will not qualify for relief.
The Government have encouraged companies to reward and motivate employees with shares but now exclude such employees from the new entrepreneurs’ relief.
There must be some logic – my problem is I just can’t see it!
Date: 29th February, 2008
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