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Entrepreneurs’ Relief - Qualifying Corporate Bonds

There has been a great deal of concern, since Alistair Darling’s announcement that taper relief would be abolished from 6 April 2008, that people holding loan notes after selling their business would face an 18% tax rate, rather than the 10% they had expected at the time they sold the business.

The Revenue have just released draft legislation on the proposed Entrepreneurs’ Relief, together with answers to a number of frequently asked questions. Within the latter, they have confirmed that, if the original disposal would have met the conditions for Entrepreneurs’ Relief (e.g. 5% ordinary shareholding, carrying 5% of the votes, owned by a director or employee, or a business interest held for at least one year prior to the sale), the encashment of the loan notes will do, too.

This applies only if the loan notes are “Qualifying Corporate Bonds” (which most are) but will be a welcome relief to many former business owners.

If you would like to discuss whether you might be affected, please contact Cathy Corns or me.



Date: 11th March, 2008
Author: David Mansell


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