Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) & Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme
EIS is an important source of funding for new, fast-growing businesses at the forefront of technology. We can help make sure you are ready for EIS investment, and that your company meets all criteria required to reach the EIS threshold.
Research & Development Tax Credits
Research and development tax reliefs support companies working on innovative projects in science and technology. In order to qualify for relief, there must be an advance in the overall field of operations (not just for your business), a scientific or technological uncertainty (i.e. a problem from the start without a known solution), and evidence of how the uncertainty was overcome.
For companies working with blockchain this could apply to:
- New blockchain protocols
- Development or advancement of software integrating with blockchain protocols
- Development or improvement of DApps
- Development of DAO structures
- Smart contract development
There are two types of relief available to businesses. The Small and Medium-sized Enterprise (SME) relief scheme applies to businesses with less than 500 staff and a turnover of less than EUR100m or a balance sheet under EUR86m.
The Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) scheme is applicable to large businesses working on R&D projects. It is also available to SMEs who have been subcontracted to do R&D work for a large company.
From 1 April 2023, tax relief on eligible R&D expenditure for SMEs is 186% (i.e. a deduction of £18,600 for every £10,000 of eligible expenditure). Loss making companies can surrender losses for a cash repayment where the company remains a going concern. The repayment is equal to 10% of the loss arising from the R&D tax deduction on expenditure.
Video Game Tax Relief
From AAA games studios to web3 games studios, Video Games Tax Relief (VGTR) currently allows British games developers to claim a 20% tax rebate on expenditure relating to design, production and testing of a new video game. In order to qualify, the video game requires certification from the British Film Institute (BFI), and must spend at least 25% of core costs on goods or services provided from within the UK or European Economic Area (EEA).
From 1 April 2025, VGTR is being replaced by a refundable expenditure credit known as Video Games Expenditure Credit (VGEC). This change mimics the Government’s direction for research and development, driving domestic innovation. As a result, small companies operating remote working with overseas employees may find themselves disadvantaged.
The headline rate for VGEC is 34%, but taking into account the current rate of corporation tax used in the claims process the effective rate is closer to 25%.
Games already in development before 1 April 2025 can continue to claim VGTR until April 2027.
Management reporting, forecasting & budgeting
We work alongside our clients to turn their reported financial figures into something tangible and easy for management, current and potential investors and partners to understand, allowing us to assist in maximising the potential of any business, as well as enhance its reach in the wider business community.
Tax issues for insolvency
For tax purposes the story does not end after the shutters are pulled down as there are tax consequences for both the platforms and their customers. Just as cryptoassets create some unique challenges for taxation and legal advisors, bankruptcy is no different.
Entering into insolvency needs to be carefully considered as the Insolvency Service will investigate firms that enter into insolvency. Where they consider that there was unfit behaviour or misconduct by officers of the company, they may take further action against those individuals. Furthermore, schedule 13 of the Finance Act 2020 provides HMRC with the legal powers to hold officers of the company (such as directors or shadow directors) jointly and severally liable for tax debts. The aim of the legislation is to deter individuals from using insolvency as a way of getting out of paying their tax liability.