Employees of a company are generally treated as shareholders. Employees will normally own a small percentage of the company and will be entitled to a specified dividend from it, although this amount can vary from year to year, with each contribution of money being taken into consideration.
The ownership rights of employees vary from one company to another. Some employees will own shares and some will be employed by a particular company, but may not have an ownership interest.
All businesses, whether they are publicly traded or privately owned, pay tax. This type of tax is paid to HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) on behalf of all UK citizens and residents. The amount that is charged depends on a number of factors, including your gross and taxable income. It also has a tax rate which varies according to your location.
However, there are certain factors, such as how long you have been trading for and your total sales, that can increase your tax rate. So it is important to take care to avoid paying too much if you intend to make a large profit in the future.
If you choose to invest your money in an EFRBS, your business will be treated as a separate entity from yourself, so that your profits will be taxed at the same rate as the EFRBS will. Therefore, you will need to make sure that your business is fully compliant with the regulations and laws governing EFRBS.
You should therefore get as much advice from an accountant as possible before deciding to invest in a EFRBS. It is also wise to speak to someone in the private sector such as a CPA. There are a number of independent specialists who specialise in this area, and you can usually find out more about them by contacting the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). They will be able to give you more advice on the financial implications of investing in this type of scheme.
Although the main difference between an EFRBS and a traditional pension fund is that you don’t contribute to the fund through your salary, you will still need to pay tax on any profits earned and you will be able to invest your savings and dividends in the fund. However, the returns you receive will be taxed at a much lower rate than with a pension fund, so if you wish to accumulate a large amount of money over the years then you will be able to enjoy a high tax free rate of return.
Another benefit of investing in a EFRBS is that you can claim relief from inheritance tax. You may have to pay tax on your entire estate in order to pass on your fortune, but in most cases this is not necessary. With a pension fund, if you die without leaving any assets, you will still be liable for inheritance tax, which can put a massive dent in your family’s finances and cause problems.
So if you decide to go ahead with an EFRBS, there is still a cost involved, but the returns are certainly worth it. As long as you choose wisely, this could be the best financial investment you have made.
For example, if you decide to use your investment capital to buy shares in a small business, then you can get tax relief, and you may even get a tax free lump sum. This is possible even if the business isn’t doing well, because you will be able to write off some of the money as soon as you have paid it down to a level where it is affordable for your beneficiaries to keep using it.
In general, the returns on your investment will be higher than if you invest in an annuity. So if you are a young investor, then going for a high yield annuity may not be the best option for you.