VCTs—introduction, tax reliefs and returns
VCTs—introduction, tax reliefs and returns

The following Tax practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • VCTs—introduction, tax reliefs and returns
  • Summary of VCT tax reliefs for individual investors
  • EIS tax reliefs not available to VCT investors
  • Investment income tax relief
  • Conditions of investment income tax relief
  • Cap on unlimited income tax reliefs
  • How to claim and retain investment income tax relief
  • Dividend tax relief
  • Conditions for dividend tax relief
  • CGT exemption
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: What does IP completion day mean for Tax?

Like the enterprise investment scheme (EIS), the VCT regime is designed to encourage investment in smaller, higher-risk trading companies. A VCT is a company (not a trust), approved by HMRC, whose shares are admitted to trading in such a way that they meet the listing condition explained in Practice Note: VCTs—VCT conditions for HMRC approval—The listing condition.

Individuals can benefit from a range of tax reliefs, and spread their investment risk, by subscribing for (or buying) shares in a VCT, which, in turn, subscribes for newly issued shares or debt in unquoted companies (companies listed on AIM or PLUS markets (other than the PLUS-listed market) are unquoted for these purposes).

The VCT regime is prescriptive and sets out a number of requirements that must be met, including in relation to:

  1. the VCT itself, which must be HMRC approved (see Practice Note:

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