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The Enterprise Incentive Scheme (EIS) is a tax relief scheme. It lets you save on tax by investing in startups and other early-stage businesses. For the startups – which represent younger and higher-risk investments – this gives them access to funds they may not ordinarily be able to land.
EIS is one of the best tax-efficient investment schemes that’s available in the UK.
Examples of similar tax relief schemes include:
The EIS allows you to claim up to £1 million relief when you invest in qualifying startups. This goes up to £2 million when you invest in what HMRC describes as “knowledge-intensive” companies.
In order to claim, you need to file a Self Assessment and claim your Income Tax relief first. If you normally pay tax via PAYE (i.e. directly from your salary), you will need to register for Self Assessment by 5th October.
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