We often report on news from the other side of the crowdfunding fence. Equity crowdfunding typically focuses on very small or start-up companies seeking to give away a stake in the business in exchange for growth capital. Debt crowdfunding, which is what we do, helps better-established businesses (the average age of our borrowing companies is over 23 years) with a track record and cash flow that can sustain taking on debt and servicing interest payments. We have long argued that there is space in many investors' portfolios for both types of asset class – equity crowdfunding and debt crowdfunding are not competitors. They complement one another.
So it's with some sadness that we see our friends at the Daily Telegraph reporting potentially grim news for our cousins in equity. Here's an excerpt from the article:
"The Treasury is mulling a crackdown on Enterprise Investment Schemes, likely to be announced in the next Budget on November 22. The scheme allows people to invest in start-ups, either directly or through funds, and provides handsome tax breaks for doing so.
Currently someone investing in an EIS will get 30pc income tax relief: anyone investing £100,000 will get £30,000 back via their tax return. There are also capital gains tax savings that can be made if the investments generate profits.
Industry sources say the Treasury is alert to claims that the schemes are being exploited as a means of tax avoidance.
Among the suggestions are cutting the tax relief on offer, or restricting the companies that qualify for funding, or making investors hold the companies for longer."
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