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The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is designed to encourage investment in smaller, higher-risk trading companies by offering a range of tax reliefs to individual investors purchasing newly issued shares in those companies.
For full details of these tax reliefs, see Practice Note: EIS—introduction to regime and description of tax reliefs. In summary, these reliefs include:
income tax relief at 30% of the amount invested up to £1m (or up to £2m if there are shares in a knowledge-intensive company (KIC)) (subject to clawback if the shares are disposed of within three years)
CGT exemption on any capital gain realised on a disposal of shares that qualified for EIS relief and were held for three years, and
CGT deferral relief allowing an investor to defer capital gains realised on disposal of assets to the extent that gains are reinvested in shares qualifying for EIS relief
When advising upon the availability of EIS tax relief it is essential to note the potential for such relief to be subsequently withdrawn or restricted as a result of the actions of the individual investor or of the issuing company (or its group). This may happen regardless of the fact that all conditions were met at the time of investment. To avoid clawback of EIS relief, very broadly:
the individual investor must meet the investor conditions for three
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