2. Share Incentive Plans (SIPs)

If you get shares through a Share Incentive Plan (SIP) and keep them in the plan for 5 years you won’t pay Income Tax or National Insurance on their value.

You won’t pay Capital Gains Tax on shares you sell if you keep them in the plan until you sell them.

If you take them out of the plan, keep them and then sell them later on, you might have to pay Capital Gains Tax if their value has increased.

There are 4 ways you can get shares under SIPs.

Free shares

Your employer can give you up to £3,600 of free shares in any tax year.

Partnership shares

You can buy shares out of your salary before tax deductions. There’s a limit to how much you can spend - either £1,800 or 10% of your income for the tax year, whichever is lower.

Matching shares

Your employer can give you up to 2 free matching shares for each partnership share you buy.

Dividend shares

You may be able to buy more shares with the dividends you get from free, partnership or matching shares (but only if your employer’s scheme allows it).

You won’t pay Income Tax if you keep the dividend shares for at least 3 years.

You’ll have to pay Income Tax and National Insurance on any shares you take out of a SIP early.