At Attwoods we can advise on a range of tax-saving opportunities. The following article compares Venture Capital Trusts, the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme.
The reliefs for Venture Capital Trusts (VCT), the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) are similar in many respects, but there are some significant differences. The table below highlights the main reliefs. For further details see the facts sheets for each type of investment.
|Annual investment limit||£200,000||£1 million *||£100,000|
|Income tax relief for subscribers||30%||30%||50%|
|Clawback if held for less than||5 years||3 years||3 years|
|Reinvestment relief period|
|– before gain made||N/A||1 year||Same tax year|
|– after gain made||N/A||3 years|
|Tax free dividends?||Yes||No||No|
|Tax free capital gains?||Yes||Yes (after 3 years)||Yes (after 3 years)|
|Tax relief for losses?||No||Yes||Yes|
|IHT business property relief?||No||Yes||Yes|
* This is increased to £2 million provided that anything above £1 million is invested in knowledge-intensive companies. There is no limit on CGT deferral.
For more information on Venture Capital Trusts, the Enterprise Investment Scheme and Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme, contact Attwoods.