The deadline for re-testing Condition A (disguised salary test) will be within the next few months for most firms and the relevant dates for Condition C (capital test) are 6 April 2023 as well as the firm’s year-end date.
Any existing member who might need to subscribe additional capital to meet the Condition C test will need to have done so before the test date. There is no period of grace for existing members, unlike for new members who must commit to subscribing their capital when they join and actually subscribe the capital within two months of joining.
Members of an LLP should be taxed under PAYE as a salaried member unless they fail one of the following tests:
If the answer to at least one of the above tests is 'no', the member should be taxed as a self-employed partner.
Pass all three tests and the individual is a salaried member to be taxed under PAYE, with the burden of Employers NIC due on the total reward of the salaried member along with potential pension auto-enrolment and administration issues for the LLP.
Conditions A and C are forward-looking based on reasonable expectation.
Condition A should be tested at the start of the firm’s profit-sharing period, which HMRC expects to be the financial year for most firms. The test looks at the reward each partner expects to earn for the profit-sharing period, and the extent to which it is disguised salary.
Condition C should be tested on 6 April, looking at the reward each partner expects to earn for the year to the following 5 April, and compared with the level of capital subscribed to the firm.
Firms should take care to document their salaried member compliance and retest reviews, so they are available when HMRC checks a firm’s compliance with the legislation.
Retests are also required on a variety of other occasions such as:
For more information, or to discuss the application of the salaried member legislation to your firm’s circumstances, get in touch with your usual Crowe contact.
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