Whizzo! – tax relief is coming for social impact investing

6 Dec

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I am indebted to the Financial Times, today’s edition, bottom of p5 , for alerting me to George Osborne’s plans for tax breaks for “social capital” – see p 87 of the Autumn Statement, which you can download here – http://goo.gl/vGQ3WU

This seems to mean equity or loan investments will qualify for relief at the investor’s marginal tax rate, as already happens for Venture Capital Trusts (see, for example, this from Citywire  – http://goo.gl/JcynaC). As we are promised a “road plan” for this in January, we should know more then. Here is the relevant paragraph in the AS:

2.51 Social investment tax relief – The government will introduce a new tax relief for equity and certain debt investments in social enterprises with effect from April 2014. Organisations which are charities, community interest companies or community benefit societies will be eligible. Following consultation, investment in social impact bonds issued by companies limited by shares will also be eligible. The government will publish a roadmap for social investment in January 2014. (Finance Bill 2014) .



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