Claim EIS income tax relief if you want a CGT free disposal

Should have claimed EIS income tax reliefThere’s been a recent sorry tale of an EIS investor who invested £50k for shares in a qualifying company under EIS. All seemingly went well and he sold his shares for – what he thought would be – a CGT free disposal.

But there was a problem…

He had failed to make a claim for income tax relief on his investment which is a requirement of the EIS relief – his reasoning was that he had little, if any, taxable income in the relevant period. He was denied the opportunity to file a late claim for income tax relief so his case was dismissed – with a full CGT liability…

So the moral of the story for EIS investors is to make a claim for income tax relief on investments even if the income tax saving might appear pitiful – because the CGT saving might not be ;)

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