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Venture capital tax reliefs

Certain investments provide generous tax reliefs for individuals, significantly reducing, enabling you to significantly reducing the cost of investment and increasing net return.

If you're a business looking to grow by raising finance, you can unlock access to these investments by ensuring your company qualifies.

Venture capital reliefs can be highly valuable, but come with complex rules

There are a number of different venture capital tax reliefs, including the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) and Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR).

Each of these schemes offer tax reliefs to investors, including income tax credits of 30%-50% of the amount invested and capital gains tax exemptions or deferrals.

The qualifying conditions for these reliefs are increasingly lengthy and complex as HMRC continually seeks to ensure these generous tax reliefs are only available to a particular type of company.

Our tax practice contains a number of venture capital specialists who can help businesses and individuals benefit from these valuable reliefs by:

  • advising you on whether your business qualifies to receive these tax efficient investments
  • structuring your investments or business in a way that qualifies for the reliefs
  • preparing the applications for, and supporting you through, the HMRC Advance Assurance process.


Liz Brion

+44 (0)20 7728 2326

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