Investing in companies: Tax incentives

Investing in smaller businesses is often viewed as risky. There can, though, be significant tax incentives for investing in some companies, that help to mitigate economic risk.

Adrian Walton

Adrian Walton

Partner, Business tax

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For those companies looking for alternatives to bank funding, the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS), Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) and Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) are options well worth exploring. In relation to the EIS and SEIS, tax relief is potentially available to owner-managers of businesses, as well as outside investors.


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