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Enterprise Investment Schemes (EIS) were introduced in 1994 as a means by which small, unlisted companies could raise capital from investors.
So do your research before you part with any of your money: Individual Savings Accounts ISAs - both cash and those linked to investments National Savings and Investments (NS&I) Pension schemes Friendly society tax-exempt savings plans Junior ISAs which For replaced the Child Trust Fund Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) Enterprise Investment Schemes (EISs) QI'VE been told I can move my cash ISAs into ones where your money is invested in stocks and shares.
A YES, as Enterprise Investment Schemes deal in smaller, newer unquoted companies more risks are involved, athough some providers offer a degree of protection.
Simple planning tools such as ISA's shouldn't be overlooked, while more sophisticated tax efficient investments such as Enterprise Investment Schemes or Venture Capital Trusts which have favourable tax treatment should also be considered.
Returns from tax-friendly Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs) and Enterprise Investment Schemes (EISs) are lagging far behind the average performance of private equity funds, according to UHY Hacker Young, the Birmingham accounting group.
Use venture capital trusts and enterprise investment schemes carefully.
He said: "The Chancellor has raised the threshold that can be invested in Enterprise Investment Schemes from pounds 400,000 to pounds 500,000.
Mr Brown will introduce an increased rate of income tax relief from 20pc to 40pc on venture capital trusts; would increase the annual investment limit for VCTs and Enterprise Investment Schemes to pounds 200,000; and make changes to the operation of the schemes to introduce greater flexibility and better reflect commercial realities.