Friday, 5 December 2014

Tax Favoured Investments

For deaths on and after 3 December 2014 the surviving spouse or civil partner will inherit the deceased person's ISA including all its tax benefits. This means the survivor will be able to contribute into the ISA account that belonged to their partner, as well as into their own ISA. The income from the deceased person's ISA will continue to be tax free in the hands of the survivor. 

The tax free ISA investment limits will increase as follows:

(limits from 1 July 2014)
Shares and cash ISA £15,000 £15,240
Junior ISA and Child Trust Fund £4,000 £4,080

Social Investment Tax Relief
Social investment tax relief (SITR) was introduced from 6 April 2014 and provides income tax and capital gains tax reliefs for individuals who invest in social enterprises. The activities the social enterprise can undertake will be expanded to include community farms and horticultural businesses, with effect from 6 April 2015.

The maximum investment each social enterprise organisation can receive is limited to about £283,000 for each three year investment period. The Government is to seek EU approval to increase this limit to £5 million per year, up to £15 million for each investment period.

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