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Enterprise Investment Schemes - (EIS)

Enterprise Investment Schemes are a relatively new type of investment introduced by the Government to encourage investment into smaller companies in need of additional finance as start-up capital or to expand the business.

As these companies tend to be relatively small and start-ups, these investments are in a higher risk bracket than ordinary investments into equities.

To encourage investment into these companies, major tax incentives and benefits were introduced with the investments. The Enterprise Investment Scheme offers a different and complementary set of tax breaks to those offered by VCTs particularly. The EIS scheme is now the only UK tax efficient scheme to offer Capital Gains Tax ("CGT") Deferral. The scheme also offers income tax relief at 30% (for the SEIS scheme - 50%), capital gains free growth and, through Business Property Relief, relief from Inheritance Tax ("IHT") if the shares are held for more than two years. *

Tax changes effective from 6 April 2014 onwards

There are two schemes which you can use to achieve tax relief for investing in small unquoted companies: the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS). The 2014 Budget announced that the SEIS scheme has been made permanent, and that the capital gains tax reinvestment tax relief has also become a permanent feature of the scheme. The tax relief given under each scheme is:

  • Rate of income tax relief: SEIS = 50%; EIS = 30%
  • Annual maximum investment qualifying for income tax relief: SEIS = £100,000; EIS = £1,000,000
  • The annual investment allowance (AIA) is doubled to £500,000 and is extended until December 2015
  • Both the company and the investor have to qualify in order to receive tax relief under EIS or SEIS

From 2012 onwards:

The annual amount a company can raise from EISs or VCTs increased from £2 million to £5 million.

So, with effect from 6 April 2012, the following major enhancements to the EIS came into effect:

  • Annual amount a company can raise increased to £5 million.
  • Gross Assets of a qualifying company increased from £7 million (£8 million after new money) to £15 million (£16 million after new money).
  • Maximum number of employees of a qualifying company increased from 49 to 249.

The other major change is that individuals can obtain income tax relief on investment of £1 million per year, up from £500,000.

* Subject to meeting certain criteria

ENTERPRISE INVESTMENT SCHEMES ARE COMPLEX INVESTMENTS AND ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE. YOU SHOULD SEEK FINANCIAL ADVICE BEFORE ENTERING INTO THIS TYPE OF INVESTMENT.

INFORMATION IS BASED ON OUR CURRENT UNDERSTANDING OF TAXATION LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS. ANY LEVELS AND BASES OF, AND RELIEFS FROM TAXATION, ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

THE VALUE OF INVESTMENTS AND THE INCOME FROM THEM MAY GO DOWN. YOU MAY NOT GET BACK THE ORIGINAL AMOUNT INVESTED.

SOME FUNDS WILL CARRY GREATER RISKS IN RETURN FOR HIGHER POTENTIAL REWARDS. INVESTMENT IN SMALLER COMPANY FUNDS CAN INVOLVE GREATER RISK THAN IS CUSTOMARILY ASSOCIATED WITH FUNDS INVESTING IN LARGER, MORE ESTABLISHED COMPANIES. ABOVE AVERAGE PRICE MOVEMENTS CAN BE EXPECTED AND THE VALUE OF THESE FUNDS MAY CHANGE SUDDENLY.


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Twigden Asset Management Ltd, King William House, 46 Harpur Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 2QT
T: 01234 270074
F: 01234 327331

Email: debbie@twigdenasset.co.uk

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Registration number: 4691087
Registered in: England & Wales

Twigden Asset Management Ltd is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Twigden Asset Management Ltd entered on the Financial Services Register (www.fca.org.uk/register) under reference 223678.

The information contained in this web site is subject to UK regulatory regime and is therefore restricted to consumers based in the UK.

Please note that the information contained within this web site does not represent individual financial advice. If you require advice or further information this may be obtained by contacting Twigden Asset Management Ltd.

FCA does not regulate some forms of IHT planning.

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The value of investments can fall as well as rise. Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

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