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Employee share scheme tax


In the 2021 Federal Budget, the government announced an intention to remove 'cessation of employment' as a deferred taxation point on employee share schemes (ESS).

Since then, exposure draft materials have provided further indications from the Treasury around changing both the taxation and regulatory framework for Australian businesses.

In the 2021 Federal Budget, the government announced an intention to remove 'cessation of employment' as a deferred taxation point on employee share schemes (ESS).

Overall, these combined proposals for both ESS participants and businesses may change traditional structuring of arrangements if they are enacted. Further, it will allow greater flexibility and clarity for businesses to make ESS offers to participants in the future.

Source: Exposure draft – Employee share schemes; 2021 Federal Budget, aper No. 2 16.

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