Venture Capital Schemes: Latest updates in the venture capital scheme manual: what's new
Finance Act 2018-19 introduced the following changes:
Risk to Capital condition
ITA07/S157A for EIS; ITA07/S257AAA for SEIS ITA07/S286ZA for VCTs;
Investments made on or after 15 March 2018 under the EIS, SEIS and VCTs must meet the risk-to-capital condition. The company will have to demonstrate that it has objectives to grow and develop its trade in the long term, and, the investment must carry a significant risk.
ITA07/S173A for EIS; VCT ITA07/S292AA; SITR ITA/S257MNB/ MNA
Amends the definition of ‘relevant investments’. All risk finance investments are counted towards the lifetime funding limit for companies receiving investment under the tax-advantaged venture capital schemes. For the EIS and VCTs, the limit is £12 million for most companies and £20 million for knowledge-intensive companies. For SITR, the limit is £1.5 million.
Knowledge intensive companies increased lifetime limit for EIS and VCTs
From 6th April 2018 knowledge-intensive companies (KICs) will be able to raise £20 million of investment in the lifetime of the company or group provided the company meets the definition of a KIC. The maximum amount an individual investor can invest each year in EIS companies is £2m per year, provided any investments over £1 million are in one or more KICs.
Procedural changes for Venture Capital schemes
Advance Assurance changes for EIS, SEIS, VCTs and SITR
From 6 December 2017, changes to the advance assurance service provided by HMRC: HMRC will not give an opinion on speculative investments, where the company is raising a tax-advantaged investment for the first time.