image-2@2x.jpgGuide to Employee Share Schemes
Everything you need to know to attract and motivate top employees with an Employee Share Scheme.

An Employee Share Scheme (ESS) is one way to attract and incentivise talent by offering a tax-efficient ownership interest in your company. Under an ESS, you can offer employees shares, or options to buy shares, in your company.

This guide explains the shared features and key differences between a share scheme and an option scheme. We also set out the five questions founders looking to set up an ESS should work through to ensure compliance with Australia’s tax laws:

  • Is my startup eligible for the startup tax concessions?
  • Is my ESS offer eligible for the startup tax concessions?
  • How do I implement an ESS?
  • What key terms should an ESS offer include?
  • How do I value my shares for an ESS?
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