The service will initially accept submissions of Enterprise Management Incentives (EMI) returns in .ods format and submissions for ‘Other’ arrangements (non-tax advantaged arrangements) in .ods format. From the end of April, the service will be extended to accept submissions of SIP (Share Incentive Plan), SAYE (Save as You Earn) and CSOP (Company Share Option Plan) returns in .ods, and those in the less widely used .csv format.
You can also use HMRC’s checking service to ensure that your return is free of errors in advance of submission.
Templates for 2014-15 will be withdrawn from 6 April, though any companies that still need to submit a 2014-2015 return can do so on the 2015-2016 template, selecting the relevant return year within the service.
Guidance & Assistance
The procedure and technical terminology encountered when filing annual returns for employee share schemes can prove to be a source of confusion if you are unfamiliar with the process. We have years of experience assisting clients with filing their annual returns, so if you require more comprehensive guidance or assistance with this matter, please do not hesitate to get in touch.