Usually is difficult for a small business to attain finance and often the owner of the small company has to borrow personally and lend to their company thus losing the corporation veil and personally becoming liable for the loan.
Another concern that these small business owners have is that they think they lose out on claiming tax relief for their loan, however where money is borrowed to invest in a “close” company carrying on a qualifying activity, the investor may claim relief for the interest arising as a deduction against their personal taxable income including their salary or profits from their self-employment.
What are the conditions for this relief?
As mentioned above it has to be a “close” company, generally if a company is under control of five or less people then it’s a “close” company.
The investor must either hold some ordinary shares in the company and work for the majority of their time in the management of the company or have a “Material interest” in the company.
A Material interest is defined as where more than 5% of the company’s share capital and shares are held, this can include shares held by “connected” persons (closely related family members) will usually be counted for this purpose as long as the individual holds some of the company’s shares personally.
The company should carry on a “qualifying activity”, this includes a profession, trade or property letting, so property investment companies may qualify, however they must be mainly letting properties to unconnected persons.
Advantages of borrowing personally
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