As seen in The Times: “The £10m rush to avoid a tax raid”

As you may have seen in an article in The Times last Saturday, many wealthy investors bracing for tax hikes are currently turning away from traditional stocks and shares in favour of riskier but more tax-efficient VCT and EIS investments.

This trend appears to have gathered momentum since the Office of Tax Simplification made a number of proposals for a capital gains tax (CGT) overhaul, including bringing the CGT rate in line with that of income tax, although these are so far recommendations only. If the tax rules do change, for some investors, CGT could double from 20% at present to 40% (or 45% if you’re an additional rate taxpayer). Remember tax rules depend on circumstances.

The Times – £10m rush to avoid a tax raid

If this overhaul materialises, might it affect you? What options might you consider?

There are options for experienced investors to invest tax efficiently and reduce the tax they have to pay, whilst also backing young British businesses.

For instance, with VCTs, EIS and SEIS investments any gains are tax free. In addition, SEIS offers 50% capital gains reinvestment relief – you could reduce the CGT on gains made elsewhere by up to 50%.

Remember, tax rules can change and benefits depend on circumstances. EIS and SEIS investment are high risk and only for experienced investors. The investments must remain qualifying to retain the reliefs.

What investment opportunities are there?

The Times article mentions recent EIS opportunities that proved popular. While those have already closed, there are several single-company EIS opportunities and EIS funds, as well as SEIS funds, currently available that could be of interest to experienced investors considering investing tax-efficiently now. 

Remember, these are high-risk investments in young businesses the government is keen to support, hence the tax breaks: you could lose all you invest. You should consider the opportunity carefully and not invest based on the tax treatment alone. If unsure, please seek advice. 

Below we list our ‘Featured offers’: the current offers with the most investment merit in our view.

Current ‘Featured’ EIS and SEIS opportunities

    Type Planned allotment in 2020/21?* Deadline
Fuel Ventures Follow-on EIS Fund EIS fund Yes 18 Dec for allotment in 2020/21
Guinness EIS EIS fund Yes 18 Dec for allotment in 2020/21
Inotec EIS EIS single company Yes 7 Jan for first close
MMC Ventures EIS Fund EIS fund No
Octopus Ventures EIS Service EIS fund No
Par EIS Fund EIS fund No
Parkwalk Opportunities EIS Fund EIS fund No
Pavegen Systems EIS EIS single company Yes 18 Dec – final close
Startup Funding Club SEIS Fund SEIS fund Yes Jan 2021
*Allotment planned but not guaranteed.

Free factsheet: How different tax reliefs compare

This short and simple factsheet explains and compares side-by-side the current tax treatment of these three government-endorsed schemes. Request your free factsheet for experienced investors and find out:

  • What VCTs, EIS and SEIS are, in a nutshell
  • Their risks and benefits
  • How you could halve or defer a capital gains tax bill
  • How you could claim up to 30–50% income tax and other tax reliefs
  • How you might be able to claim back some of last year’s tax
  • How you might receive tax-free dividends

Remember, tax rules can change and benefits depend on circumstances. 

Factsheet – Tax relief comparison

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