Entrepreneurs’ relief explained (ER)
There are many entrepreneurs who wish to sell or give away their business due to several reasons. Some simply do not have time to manage their well-established business while others are not satisfied with their company or business. Irrespective of what the reason may be, entrepreneurs may gain benefits by selling or giving away their business at a reduced tax rate. This benefit is called entrepreneurs’ relief.
Entrepreneurs may sell or give away their business and claim entrepreneurs’ relief. Entrepreneurs’ relief is available for up to £10,000,000 lifetime gains. This certain amount of money is called entrepreneurs’ relief for a reason. Entrepreneurs gain tax relief at a reduced rate of 10%.
ER is available to:
Entrepreneurs’ relief is available to sole traders or partners selling or giving away whole or a certain part of their business. It is also available to company directors and employees having 5% or more shareholding.
Formulation of Entrepreneurs’ Relief
The need of entrepreneurs’ relief was felt long before when many entrepreneurs started to feel the need to sell their business or give away their business. There are many entrepreneurs who wish to sell whole or a part of their company and gain maximum benefit from it.
Increase in Entrepreneurs’ Relief since 2008
Entrepreneurs’ relief reduced the amount of Capital Gains Tax paid on business assets on or after April 2008. So the entrepreneurs’ relief began in the year 2008. Today, in the United Kingdom entrepreneurs selling or giving away their business can obtain entrepreneurs’ relief which is an allowance of £10,000,000. However, this is the modern day amount. During and after the year 2008 there have been several changes in the amount.
In March 2010, the entrepreneurs’ relief was up to £2 million.
Three months later, it was raised to £5 million.
In March 2011, the budget was then raised to £10 million.
Conditions and requirements for Entrepreneurs’ Relief
Entrepreneur’s relief may be considered as one of the most attractive tax benefits any entrepreneur may obtain. By taking appropriate steps, entrepreneurs may gain maximum benefit from entrepreneurs’ relief. There are some measures that need to be taken care of to gain maximum benefit from entrepreneurs’ relief.
If the requirements for availing entrepreneurs’ relief are fulfilled appropriately, then any entrepreneur selling or giving away their business may gain a lot of benefits and the entrepreneurs’ relief may prove to be quite useful.
The first and the most important thing to keep in mind is that all the conditions for entrepreneur’s relief must be met for at least 12 months. This means that any entrepreneur claiming entrepreneurs’’ relief must keep the business appropriate for the relief at all times.
Today, the limit of entrepreneurs’ relief is £10 million per person. It is a considerable sum and any entrepreneur selling or giving away their business can be entitled to have this money.
Any start-up business that is unhappy or unsatisfied with the outcome can gain benefit from the entrepreneurs’ relief. By earning this amount of money, any entrepreneur may gain insight and acquire resources to start from scratch.
Since 2008, when entrepreneurs’ relief was first introduced several entrepreneurs have gained benefit from entrepreneurs’ relief.
Recent changes in Entrepreneurs’ Relief
In the past couple of years
, laws and policies concerning entrepreneurs’ relief have been significantly modified, as a consequence of the UK Government’s initiative and attempts to rectify the loopholes in the system. These changes are mainly related to capital gains tax.
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