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Chancellor George Osborne’s autumn statement heralded a big shake up of tax incentives for investors bank rolling small businesses.
Enterprise Investment Schemes and Venture Capital Trusts are all due for a revamp in the next tax year – and April 6, 2012, will also see their little cousin, the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) being launched.
For investors keen to see what a SEIS has to offer, here are some of the important points to consider:
• SEIS investors can input £100,000 in a single tax year which can be spread over a number of companies. Any one company can raise no more than £150,000 in total via SEIS investment.
• Investors cannot control the company receiving their capital and have more than a 30% stake in the company in which they invest
• Investors can receive up to 50% tax relief in the tax year the investment is made, regardless of their marginal rate
• The business company must be a UK company and have a permanent establishment in the UK
• In the 2012-13 tax year, tax payers can roll a chargeable gain on the disposal of assets in the tax year in to shares qualifying for SEIS income tax relief, with a full capital gains tax exemption.
• The company must have fewer than 25 employees. If the company is the parent company of a group, that figure applies to the whole group.
• The company’s trade must be no more than two years old.
• The company must have assets of less than £200,000
• The company has to trade in an approved sector – generally not in finance or investment, for example, a property company raise capital as a SEIS.
The aim behind a SEIS, say the Chancellor, is to stimulate entrepreneurship and kick start the economy.

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