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EIS Relief

Upfront Income Tax Relief Up to 30%
Annual Limits 2023/2024 £1 million plus carry back allowed
Tax free exit Yes
Capital gains tax relief Up to 28% deferral
Tax free dividends No
IHT Free Yes (after 2 years)
Share loss relief Yes
Minimum holding period 3 years

Increased to £2 million for investments made on or after 06 April 2018 provided that any amount over £1 million is invested in “knowledge-intensive” companies


Depending on the nature of the asset and the date of disposal


The value of the shares may qualify for 100% business relief (BR) from inheritance tax (after a minimum two-year holding period, unless the shares are “replacement business property”)

Step 1 The EIS Company is Formed (or already trading)
Step 2 Investor subscribes for qualifying shares in the EIS company
Step 3 Company share certificates are issued
Step 4 The EIS company submits an EIS 1 form to HMRC
Step 5 HMRC issues an EIS 2 form to the company
Step 6 An EIS3 form is issued to the investor
Step 7 The investor completes form EIS 3 and claims tax relief

If you pay tax solely through PAYE, you will need to file a tax return in order to claim tax reliefs. You can find more about the process of registering and filing a return on HMRC's website.

You don’t need to fill out a separate tax return for each individual investment. Once deployment is complete, you simply go to complete a return as you would for a single investment, then add the information about your Amersham investments we provide.

You don’t need to include copies of the EIS 3 certificates for each individual investment with your tax return. But HMRC do reserve the right to request the form. We hold copies of all EIS 3 certificates on your Investor Dashboard. As our fund deploys for, roughly, a 12 month period, you will receive EIS 3 certificates from Amersham throughout this deployment. You can begin to make claims as soon as the first EIS 3 certificates appear in your dashboard, or you can wait till the end of deployment to download all of the information and make your claim in one go.

Tax relief applies to the year in which the shares are issued, regardless of when the EIS 3 form is issued. But, this can be carried back to apply to the previous tax year. This flexibility, along with the ability to invest at any time of year, is a significant advantage of so-called “unapproved” EIS funds over “approved” funds (which issue a single EIS 5).

You can only claim on capital that has been invested into businesses. Amersham deploys 100% of all investments. If your financial adviser charges a separate fee, the total charges could be 5% and therefore 95% of the investment would be deployed.