With few tax-breaks available to business owners at the moment it is worthwhile knowing about one that is still very much still alive and kicking and can significantly benefit business owners planning to sell.
Entrepreneur’s relief was introduced in 2008. From 23rd June 2010 the first £5 million of gains that qualify for relief will be charged to Capital Gains Tax at an effective rate of 10 per cent. Gains in excess of £5 million will be charged at the normal 18 per cent or 28 per cent rate dependent upon an individual’s taxable income rate.
An individual will be able to make claims for relief on more than one occasion, up to a lifetime total of £5 million of gains qualifying for relief. Prior to June this limit was £2m.
As always with tax reliefs it is important to be sure that the precise conditions of the relief are met and points to watch out for in Entrepreneur’s Relief are...