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Budget 2008 - Enterprise Investment Schemes

The 2008 budget included possible incentives for individual savers and investors at two opposite extremes of the market.

Firstly the announcement of more consultation on the Savings Gateway to encourage lower income individuals to save regularly in deposit accounts. This was originally consulted on in 2001 and has been trialed since. We shall wait and see whether a scheme whereby the government matches an individuals savings will actually be implemented.

Secondly the governments want to simplify the Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) to encourage investment in smaller, high-risk trading companies. These schemes allow an investor to benefit from 20% income tax relief as well as CGT deferral for reinvestments and gains free of CGT where income tax relief has applied. The government wants to increase the limit for income tax relief from £400,000 to £500,000 for 2008/09. This will be subject to State aid approval. In addition a consultation to try to encourage more investment is to be undertaken. This consultation will focus on various matters but will include how to increase awareness of these schemes amongst investors as well as the possibility of carrying back tax relief being extended to carry forward.



Date: 12th March, 2008
Author: Cathy Corns


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