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Review of Approved Profit Sharing Scheme. Kathleen Corley Revenue Commissioners. Review of Approved Profit Sharing Scheme. Legislation introduced in 1982 Key principles all employee similar terms Revenue concerns Review of administrative practices.

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Review of approved profit sharing scheme

Review of Approved Profit Sharing Scheme

Kathleen Corley

Revenue Commissioners

24 March 2009


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Review of Approved Profit Sharing Scheme

  • Legislation introduced in 1982

  • Key principles

    • all employee

    • similar terms

  • Revenue concerns

  • Review of administrative practices

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Review of Approved Profit Sharing Scheme

  • IPSA submission

  • Use of bonuses

    • Fixed

    • Discretionary

    • Sales commission

    • Team bonuses

  • Certain other agreed payments

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Review of Approved Profit Sharing Scheme

  • Carry forward of contributions

    • Salary forgone

    • Contributory schemes

  • Different bonus dates

  • Electronic communications

  • APSS schemes for sister companies

24 March 2009


Apss use of bonuses

APSS - Use of bonuses

  • Original intention of legislation

  • Use of bonuses generally

    • Funding of acquisition of shares - company

    • Basis of entitlement – participants

  • Continue with general principle

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APSS - Use of bonuses

  • Fixed bonus

    • Contractual entitlement (written or implied)

  • Tax Briefing Issue No 56 (July 2004)

  • No change in Revenue’s position

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APSS - Use of bonuses

  • Discretionary bonuses

  • Payment and amount at discretion of employer

  • Performance criteria/performance appraisal schemes

  • No change in practice

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APSS - Use of bonuses

  • Team Bonuses

  • Revenue will now consider these

    • Not fixed

    • Team performance measures

      • Business results

      • Other objective tests

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APSS - Use of bonuses

  • Different teams

    • Equal opportunities

    • Measurement of achievement

    • Ratings applied

  • Full particluars to Employee Share Scheme Section

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APSS - Use of bonuses

  • Sales and non-sales staff

  • Different bonus structure

  • Sales commission

  • Similar terms rule paramount

  • Portion of sales commission can be used

  • Full particulars to Employee Share Scheme Section

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APSS - Use of bonuses

Example

Discretionary bonus payable to non-sales staff under a performance appraisal scheme 0- 5%

Sales Commission payable to sales staff under a performance appraisal scheme 0-20%

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APSS - Use of bonuses

  • Non-sales employee received 5% bonus

  • Sales employee received 20% sales commission

  • Lowest common percentage is 5%

  • Maximum amount that can be invested in APSS is to be determined using the formula:

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APSS - Use of bonuses

  • Lowest maximum common denominator x Bonus % Maximum bonus %

  • Non-sales employee can invest: 5 x 5 = 5%

    5

  • Sales employee can invest: 5 x 20 = 5%

    20

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APSS - Use of bonuses

Example

Discretionary bonus payable to non-sales staff under a performance appraisal scheme 0- 5%

Sales Commission payable to sales staff under a performance appraisal scheme 0-20%

Non-sales employee received 5% bonus

Sales employee received 10% sales commission

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APSS - Use of bonuses

  • Lowest common percentage is 5%

  • Maximum amount that can be invested in APSS is to be determined using the formula:

  • Lowest maximum common denominator x Bonus %

    Maximum bonus %

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APSS - Use of bonuses

  • Non-sales employee can invest: 5 x 5 = 5%

    5

  • Sales employee can invest:5 x 10 = 2.5%

    20

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APSS - Use of bonuses

  • Agreed payments

  • Collective bargaining arrangements

  • Cost savings, changes in work practices, transformation, staff reductions; increased productivity

  • General position – no change

  • Examine each case based on specific facts

24 March 2009


Apss carry forward of contributions

APSS – Carry forward of contributions

  • Salary Forgone

    • Similar terms at each appropriation date

    • Exceptional circumstances – different dates

  • Carry forward within same tax year

    • Company funded shares appropriated first

    • Normal limits apply

      • Maximum 7.5% of salary or company’s contribution

      • 1:1 ratio

24 March 2009


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APSS – Carry forward of contributions

  • Example

    A bonus of €1,000 is payable to an employee on 31 March 2009. The employee is forgoing salary of €100 per month. The employee opts to take shares in lieu of his/her bonus. The market value of the shares at 31 March 2009 is €2.00 per share. The market value of the shares at 31 December 2009 is €1.00 per share.

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APSS – Carry forward of contributions

31 March 2009

  • Bonus – Shares appropriated to the value of €1,000 (500 shares with market value of €2.00 each).

  • Salary Forgone Jan – March €300 – 150 shares appropriated (market value €300).

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APSS – Carry forward of contributions

31 December 2009

  • Salary forgone April – December is €900. The maximum number of shares that can be appropriated is 350 (market value €350). The balance of the salary forgone €550 must be repaid to the employee after making appropriate PAYE/PRSI/Levies deductions.

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APSS – Carry forward of contributions

  • Contributory schemes (BOGOF)

  • Aggregate contributions insufficient to purchase whole number of shares

  • Carry forward within same tax year

    • Excess plus normal cannot > max allowable monthly contribution

    • Monthly contribution fixed at beginning of year

    • Participant’s agreement

24 March 2009


Apss different bonus dates

APSS – Different bonus dates

  • Different bonus dates – management and other staff

  • Participant elects to take cash

    • Similar terms rules

    • At each appropriation date

  • Change in Revenue practice

    • Employee opts not to participate in APSS

    • Contract of participation/Form of acceptance

    • Need not defer payment of cash

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Review of Approved Profit Sharing Scheme

  • Electronic communications

  • No objection where no legal restrictions

  • Consent from participant

    • Electronic Commerce Act 2000

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Review of Approved Profit Sharing Scheme

  • Group schemes

  • Sister companies

  • Administration of one scheme for sister companies

  • No change in Revenue position

24 March 2009


Summary

Summary

  • Protection of fundamental principles

  • Broadening of some practices

    • Sales commission

    • Team Bonuses

    • Different bonus dates – payment of cash

    • Carry forward of contributions

  • Next issue of Tax Briefing – early April

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Review of Approved Profit Sharing Scheme

Thank You

24 March 2009


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