Launching our new course on the HMRC SEIS / EIS advance assurance

Delighted to have launched our new online step by step guide to preparing and filing an Advance Assurance Application to HMRC that your company qualifies under SEIS and / or EIS! Really brought about by popular demand and to fill a gap where some companies simply don’t have the budget to take on a professional … Read moreLaunching our new course on the HMRC SEIS / EIS advance assurance

Not just SEIS has trading timelimits – EIS does too!

The requirement for a company to have a ‘new qualifying trade’ (i.e. trading for less than two years) in order to qualify under SEIS is now fairly well trodden ground. Less well trodden is the new requirement for EIS qualifying companies to have commenced trading (had first commercial sale) within the past seven years (there … Read moreNot just SEIS has trading timelimits – EIS does too!

How to claim enhanced Research and Development (R&D) Tax Relief?

The UK Research and Development (R&D) Tax Relief Scheme is delivered via HMRC’s corporation tax filing system. After each financial accounting period, a company is required to prepare statutory accounts along with a corporation tax computation. The corporation tax computation calculates the tax liability of the company for the period (if profitable) based on the statutory accounts. … Read moreHow to claim enhanced Research and Development (R&D) Tax Relief?

GF011 – What is SEIS / EIS HMRC advance assurance and how do I get it?

Get Funded! podcast covering SEIS and EIS

In this episode of the Get Funded! podcast we cover the all important: HMRC SEIS / EIS advance assurance procedure This podcast includes the following points with practical advice: Why the advance assurance application is important? How you apply for it? Typical lead times? What could go wrong? Critical info to include? As discussed in … Read moreGF011 – What is SEIS / EIS HMRC advance assurance and how do I get it?

GF009 – What does trading mean for SEIS and is my trade new?

Get Funded! podcast covering SEIS and EIS

In this edition of the Get Funded! podcast we cover the thorny subjects of:

  • what “trading” means for the purposes of SEIS and
  • how this interplays with the definition of “Seed” in order to be eligible for Seed Enterprise Investment Relief?

We covered in a previous edition (subscribe via iTunes if you’ve not already!) the fact that you need to be undertaking a qualifying trade within your company if you wish to raise funding under SEIS / EIS but when is this deemed to start and why is it important?

We need to ascertain the starting point for any trade as this has important ramifications for eligibility under SEIS and it also plays into when form SEIS1 can be applied for and / or the timing of the use of the monies raised.

Frustratingly there is no definition of trading aside from the general observation that it would involve undertaking activities with a view to a profit. But what does this mean in practice?

I have discussed this with HMRC Inspectors and they tend to apply the useful anology of a new shop: whilst the new fittings are being installed and the stock is on order you would expect the sign on the front to say ‘closed’ (it is not yet trading). Once the shop is ready and the sign is turned to ‘open’ then trading has commenced.

So the question for your business is whether you are in a position to accept paying customers? This can get a little hazy for software startups, for example, applying lean startup principles and beta launches etc…

For SEIS purposes, a company must be carrying out a new qualifying trade. For these purposes the trade must be less than two years old. So you must apply the above principles to determine when your trade started. If you are using a company that was incorporated more than two years ago and there has been activity in the company within this timeframe that might point to a trade then this could cause problems. You would be well advised to seek advance assurance from HMRC and to explain the position to ensure that there are no problems. Likewise, if you are acquiring the trade from a third party company then you would need to ensure that it satisfied the two year rule.

When seeking the tax certificates for the investors this can be carried out after 70% of the monies raised has been spent or four months after the trade commenced – whichever is earlier. Again the above principles come into play.

R&D Tax Credits: How the new HMRC 14.5% cash credit works

I’ve been getting some questions about the new 14.5% R&D tax credit rate announced in the March 2014 Budget Statement and how it works in practise. So here’s a short video outlining how the effective rate of cash receivable from HMRC increases from 24.75% to 33% on qualifying spend – that’s one third of your … Read moreR&D Tax Credits: How the new HMRC 14.5% cash credit works

What is the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) Advance Assurance?

What is the seed enterprise investment scheme advance assurance video?

I am getting a lot of questions at the moment about the process for raising funding under Seed EIS and where the advance assurance fits in? The Advance Assurance is a mechanism that allows companies to pre-qualify themselves with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) as a qualifying company for the purposes of raising funding under … Read moreWhat is the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) Advance Assurance?

HMRC R&D Tax Credits: How hard is it to file a claim?

So you’ve had a good look at the activities of your company and think you might have a qualifying claim for Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits – but what next? HMRC R&D tax credits can be successfully claimed by UK companies across all industry sectors – from builders to engineers to manufacturers to technology … Read moreHMRC R&D Tax Credits: How hard is it to file a claim?

11 essential action points after starting your company

Better to be a disciplined entrepreneur from day one. Here is a checklist of 11 tips how: Get your company incorporation certificate, Memorandum & Articles of Association downloaded and on file. Plus a shareholders agreement if you have one. This will form the basis of your statutory books which you must maintain for any changes … Read more11 essential action points after starting your company