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The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and the newer SEED Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) helps smaller higher-risk unquoted trading companies obtain a competitive edge in securing equity funding. It does so by providing income tax and capital gains tax reliefs for investors in qualifying shares in these companies.

EIS delivers income tax relief at 30% to individuals on investments on up to £1,000,000 each tax year and gains on the disposal of EIS shares are exempt from tax after three years so long the qualifying conditions continue to apply.

SEIS is designed to benefit new start up companies. Individuals will be able to invest up to £100,000 each tax year and obtain 50% tax relief. Gains on the disposal of SEIS shares are exempt after three years and for 2012/13 only an individual who makes a capital gain on another asset and makes an SEIS investment will also save CGT.

Although the tax advantages are substantial, unfortunately the rules are complex.  You can rest assured however that we are on hand to help. James Cowper Kreston has developed a high profile and successful specialism in advising businesses on EIS and more recently, the new SEIS. We have a strong track record for this kind of work, acting for businesses as diverse as bloodstock, private schools, nuclear fusion and oil wells in Texas, USA. When we received the uk tax team of the year award for the first time in 2011, the judges commented that James Cowper Kreston has carved out a timely niche for themselves; punching well above their weight in the EIS arena.

So whether you are an EIS investment fund, a company trying to raise equity finance or an individual looking for tax efficient investments we can help.


Enterprise Investment Scheme

SEED Enterprise Investment Scheme