The SEIS is a UK government scheme designed to incentivise investment in early-stage businesses/start-ups. The scheme offers tax incentives to investors who buy shares in companies that qualify. The aim of the scheme is to make it easier for start-ups to raise seed capital. As a reminder, or in case you were unaware, the SEIS offers investors 50% tax relief on the value of any qualifying investment made.
At the moment (pre-April 2023) an investor can invest up to £100,000 in SEIS shares in a tax year, enabling them to obtain £50,000 in tax relief.
As part of the September 2022 mini-budget, the government announced a series of changes that will come into effect from April 6th 2023. These changes will affect investors and companies alike, so if you’re a small business owner, it’s important to understand how these changes could affect you moving forward.
As of April 6th 2023, the permitted investor limit will double from £100,000 to £200,000 per tax year. This will allow an investor to obtain up to £100,000 in tax relief on qualifying investments within a tax year.
The rules surrounding what identifies a qualifying company will also change.
At the moment, there haven’t been any changes made to the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS).
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