What are EIS certificates?

What are EIS certificates?

The Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) is a UK government scheme that helps younger, higher-risk businesses raise finance by offering generous tax reliefs to investors. The scheme has been around since 1994, so is a well-established part of the UK tax landscape for investors.

What is an EIS 3 certificate?

EIS 3 Certificate These are issued after the company has been trading for 4 months. The EIS 3 Certificate will give you similar details to your share certificate, including company name and amount invested, but it will also show details of the HM Revenue & Customs office that issued the certificate.

How long does EIS status last?

You must follow the scheme rules for at least 3 years after the investment is made – otherwise tax relief will be withdrawn from your investors. You must tell HMRC if you no longer meet the conditions within 60 days.

How do companies qualify for EIS?

To be considered an EIS eligible company, the following conditions must be met: the company must have a permanent establishment in the UK. the company must not be listed on a recognised stock exchange, or plan to be listed, at the time of issuing shares. the company does not expect to close.

Are EIS a good investment?

But EIS isn’t just potentially good for the investor. It’s been pivotal in ensuring start-ups in the UK can reach their potential. Under EIS, small businesses can raise up to £5million each year, and a maximum of £12million in the company’s lifetime.

What happens if an EIS company goes bust?

– If the EIS company goes into liquidation within (generally) three years of the share issue, Income Tax relief originally given is clawed back. The amount clawed back is 30% of any value received on liquidation (up to a maximum of the relief originally given).

How many years can you carry back EIS relief?

When to claim your relief If you invest with EIS , SEIS or SITR , you can claim relief up to 5 years after the 31 January following the tax year in which you made the investment. For VCTs , you can claim relief up to 4 years after the end of tax year of assessment in which you made the investment.

Who is not eligible for EIS?

Every employee in the private sector who is a Malaysian citizen or permanent resident aged between 18 to 60 years old qualifies for EIS. You are not covered if you belong to any of these categories: domestic workers, self-employed, civil servants, and workers in local authorities and statutory bodies.

What business activities will not qualify a company for EIS status?

The EIS is intended to encourage investment in higher risk, trading companies, so a number of types of trade are excluded. These are: Dealing in land, shares, futures and other financial instruments. Dealing in goods other than in the normal course of a retail or wholesale trade.

Is EIS high risk?

EIS companies are early-stage businesses, so investments into these companies are high risk. Investments could fall in value, potentially to zero, and investors may not get back their investment.

How much should I invest in EIS?

There is no minimum investment through EIS in any one company in any one tax year. Tax relief of 30% can be claimed on investments (up to £1,000,000 in one tax year) giving a maximum tax reduction in any one year of £300,000, provided you have sufficient Income Tax liability to cover it.

How do I claim an EIS loss?

If you complete a self-assessment tax return, you can claim EIS losses against either income tax or capital gains tax by completing the SA108 form (the Self-Assessment form). If you don’t already complete this online, you can request a Self-Assement form from hmrc.gov.uk.

What happens if you sell EIS shares within 3 years?

If you sell EIS shares within 3 years of the date they were issued (and the sale is not to your spouse or civil partner): Income Tax relief for those you sell will be wholly or partly withdrawn. it will be chargeable to Capital Gains Tax, if you make a gain on the disposal.

Is it compulsory to pay EIS?

All employers in the private sector are required to pay monthly contributions for each of their employees. All employees aged 18 to 60 are required to contribute. However, employees aged 57 and above who have no prior contributions before the age of 57 are exempted.

Who is eligible for EIS relief?

To qualify for this relief, income tax relief must have already been claimed – and not withdrawn by HMRC. Also, investors have to hold the shares for at least three years, and the company must remain EIS-qualifying for at least three years.

How much can you invest in an EIS?

How much can I invest in EIS? The maximum amount you can invest is £1 million per tax year or £2 million, providing anything above £1 million is in ‘knowledge intensive’ investments. In theory, it’s possible to invest more.

What are tax benefits of EIS?

The benefits of EIS tax relief You can claim up to 30% income tax relief on investments up to £1 million per tax year. Any gain is Capital Gains Tax (CGT) free if the shares are held for at least three years. Payment of CGT can be deferred when the gain is invested in shares of an EIS qualifying company.

Are EIS investments safe?

Others take a much more cautious approach, and prefer to invest their money in nothing riskier than government bonds. They know a high return is unlikely, but they’re looking for steady and reliable growth first and foremost.

How does EIS investment work?

When you invest in an EIS fund, instead, you acquire shares in the underlying companies. As those are not typically listed, you cannot usually sell your shares on the stock market. You can only realise your investment when there is an exit, i.e. the company is sold, listed on a stock market or refinanced.

How much I can get from EIS?

Here’s how it works. Both your employer and yourself would contribute 0.2% of your salary to the scheme (total 0.4% monthly). Monthly contributions start from 10 sen for workers earning RM30 a month, while the maximum amount of contribution is capped at RM7. 90 for those earning RM4,000 and above.