Employee Share Scheme (ESS) reporting requirements for tax-time
You must provide an Employee Share Scheme statement if:
– The employee or their associate have acquired ESS interests under a taxed-upfront share scheme at a discount during the financial year.
– A deferred taxing point for ESS interests acquired under a tax-deferred employee share scheme.
The ESS statement includes the following information:
– The discount for ESS interests acquired under each type of tax upfront scheme.
– The discount for ESS interest acquired under a tax-deferred scheme if a taxing point occurred during the financial year.
– The discount for shares and rights acquired before 1 July 2009 if a cessation point occurred during the financial year.
– The total TFN amount withheld from discounts during the financial year.
If the employee is eligible for the start-up concession, the ESS statement must include:
– The number of ESS interests acquired.
– The market value of ESS interests acquired.
– The acquisition price of the ESS interests that are shares.
– The exercise price of ESS interests that are rights.
– The acquisition date of the ESS interests.
If the employee holds the ESS interest through an associate, the ESS rules require the employee, rather than the associate, to include the discount received in their assessable income.
The reporting is used by the employee in preparing their annual income tax return and if there is a sale of ESS interests the information will also be utilised to calculate the appropriate capital gain
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