Improvements to the Key Employee Engagement Programme (KEEP) were announced in the Budget 2020 Statement.
KEEP is a tax advantageous share option incentive arrangement for start-ups and Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs). Unsurprisingly, there has been a low take up under KEEP so far, due to the very restrictive conditions which must be satisfied and which impact on KEEP’s effectiveness for SMEs.
The Budget 2020 adjustments announced can be summarised as follows:
The improvements announced in Budget 2020 are a welcome development and it is intended that the existing KEEP legislation will be amended to provide for these changes.
The effectiveness or otherwise of the proposed improvements will only be capable of being assessed once further details are made available in the forthcoming Finance Bill and we await developments in this regard.
If you are interested in obtaining more information on KEEP or other employee incentive arrangements please contact Gillian Dully at firstname.lastname@example.org