A Venture Capital Trusts (VCT) is an investment fund that invests in small and early stage businesses. These funds are also usually listed on the London Stock Exchange.
When you invest in a VCT fund you can receive 30% Income Tax relief plus tax-free dividends.
If you want to claim this tax relief, you need to file a Self Assessment tax return (you’ll also need your VCT tax certificate and share certificates).
VCTs are considered to be one of the most tax efficient investments currently available in the UK. Other tax efficient schemes include the Enterprise Investment Schemes, Seed Enterprise Investment Schemes and Peer to Peer Lending. To learn more about tax efficient investment schemes, visit our dedicated glossary page.
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Your method of paying tax on your dividends is dependent on the amount you earn in dividends that year: