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HMRC internal manual

Venture Capital Schemes Manual

EIS: income tax relief: company and investor procedures: company procedures: action on receipt of EIS3

Where the company has issued a certificate on form EIS3 and the shareholder has obtained either income tax relief or CGT deferral relief, the office dealing with the shareholder sends a copy of the EIS3 claim form or an EIS3 (Internal) to the officer who authorised the issue of the certificate. In each case the officer should check that the name of the subscriber and the amount of the investment tallies with the information given on form EIS1. The issue by a company of a false or unauthorised certificate attracts a penalty under ITA07/S207 the maximum penalty is £3,000 for each such certificate.

The officer will consider whether the individual was entitled to claim the relief obtained. This involves consideration of all the circumstances surrounding the issue of the shares in question. For example, there might be some indication that the subscription may not have been for bona fide commercial reasons - perhaps the fact that a very large premium was paid, or the fact that the company appears to be hopelessly insolvent - in which case the subscriptions may not have been made for bona fide commercial purposes (see VCM12080). Exceptionally there might be evidence that the subscriber had received a loan (see VCM11030) or had an option to sell the shares (see VCM15020). Where the form shows that the relief obtained is or includes income tax relief the officer will consider whether the subscriber in question is a qualifying individual (see VCM11020).