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Venture Capital Trusts (VCT)

The Venture Capital Trust scheme started on 6 April 1995, and is designed to encourage individuals to invest indirectly in a range of small higher-risk trading companies, whose shares and securities are not listed on a recognised stock exchange, by investing through Venture Capital Trusts (VCTs).

If you invest in a VCT, you spread the investment risk over a number of companies. These investments are in a higher risk bracket than ordinary investments into equities.

VCTs are companies listed on the London Stock Exchange, and are similar to investment trusts. They are run by fund managers who are usually members of larger investment groups. Investors can subscribe for, or buy, shares in a VCT, which invests in trading companies, providing them with funds to help them develop and grow.

VCTs must be approved by HMRC for the purpose of the scheme. Approval is granted if they meet certain conditions. If you invest in them you may be entitled to various income tax and capital gains tax reliefs, and VCTs are exempt from corporation tax on any gains arising on the disposal of their investments.

HMRC approval of a VCT means that it currently meets certain criteria, enabling investors to qualify for certain tax reliefs. It does not guarantee the safety or success of any investments you make in a VCT.

It is important to remember that these are long term, illiquid investments, which carry a high risk of loss of capital and, as such, are only likely to be suitable for sophisticated, wealthy investors as part of a diversified portfolio.

Venture Capital Trusts are complex investments and are not suitable for everyone, you should seek financial advice before entering into this type of investment.

Levels and bases of and reliefs from taxation are subject to change and their value depends on the individual circumstances of the investor.

The value of investments and the income from them may go down. You may not get back the original amount invested.

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Neville Birch & Co, Copthall Farm, Breakspear Road South,
Ickenham, Middlesex, UB10 8HB
T: 01895 637 121
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Neville Birch & Co is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Neville Birch & Co is entered on the Financial Services Register ( under reference 125455.

The FCA do not regulate National Savings products, loans, will writing and some forms of mortgage, offshore funds and inheritance tax planning.

The guidance and/or advice contained within the website is subject to the UK regulatory regime and is therefore targeted at consumers based in the UK.

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