Revenue Note for Guidance
Where an individual subscribes for shares in a company and then withdraws his/her capital in one form or another within a period (in this note and in the section referred to as the “relevant period”)-
any relief in respect of shares he/she has subscribed for in that company is reduced by the value he/she received.
(1) “ordinary trade debts” are debts for goods or services supplied in the ordinary course of a trade or business where credit does not normally exceed 6 months and is not longer than that normally given to the customers of the person carrying on the trade or business.
(2)(b) In the context of this section, “individual” is to be read as including that person’s associates.
(2)(b) References to the “RICT group” includes any person connected with the RICT group.
(2)(a) Payments or transfers to an individual or an associate include payments or transfers made indirectly or to that person’ s order or benefit
An individual receives value from a company, where the company -
Not treated as the receipt of value from a company are payments made to an individual for giving up his/her rights to a debt on its extinguishment, being a debt connected with the payment or reimbursement of reasonable expenses or payment for services rendered to the company (other than secretarial or managerial services or services of a kind provided by the company itself), or reasonable payments for services the profit from which would be assessable under Case I or II of Schedule D, or a payment in respect of a debt which is an ordinary trade debt or other genuine debt. Also not treated as the receipt of value are -
(4) Although the winding up or dissolution of a company undertaken for bona fide commercial reasons does not destroy the ability of that company to be treated as a qualifying company (see section 490(6)), any payment or asset which an individual receives in the relevant period by reason of such a winding up or dissolution is treated as value received from the company. Effectively it would be redemption or part redemption of his/her shares
(5) Where a shareholder receives his/her money back from someone connected with the company (within the meaning of section 500) rather than the company itself, the amount received from that person is treated as value received by the shareholder from the company.
(6) Rules are provided for the measurement of the amount of any value received in accordance with any of the methods described in subsections (3), (4) and (5).
(7) Where an individual receives value from a company within the compliance period that amount is to be deducted from the relief to which he/she would otherwise be entitled.
(8) Where relief is to be reduced by reason of the receipt of value the relief is to be reduced in respect of shares issued earlier rather than in respect of shares issued later.
(9) Where during the compliance period of a qualifying investment, the company redeems shares or purchases shares (referred to as the “redemption”) of an individual investor where the compliance period for that share issue being redeemed has ended, then notwithstanding subsection (7) the relief that individual is entitled to (other than pursuant to section 503 or 507), will not be reduced where the most recent qualifying investment in respect of which relief under this Part is made, in a company in the RICT group was more than 18 months before the redemption took place, and where there is no further qualifying investment in respect of which relief under this Part is made, in any company in the RICT group within 12 months after the redemption and where there is no qualifying investment by that individual, in respect of which a claim for relief under this Part is made, in any company in the RICT group in the period of 5 years after the date of the redemption.
Relevant Date: Finance Act 2021