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Entrepreneurs’ Relief - Share Sales

In order for an employee or director of a company to benefit from the new Entrepreneurs’ Relief after 5 April 2008, he or she must have held more than 5% of the company’s ordinary shares for at least twelve months. But it will not be necessary to have held all of the shares being sold throughout the period, as one of the Revenue’s FAQs makes clear:

Q - I already hold over 10% of the shares in the company. If I acquire another 4% of the shares and sell the whole 14% 6 months later, can I get entrepreneur’s relief on the whole 14%, or only on the 10% I held for the whole of the one year qualifying period?
A - Relief will be available in respect of the whole 14% holding if the qualifying conditions are met. The requirement is that a 5% stake is held throughout the qualifying period. The particular shares or securities disposed of do not have to be held throughout that period.



Date: 14th March, 2008
Author: David Mansell


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