In December 2018 changes made to CGT entrepreneurs' relief included in the latest Finance Bill could have the effect of denying the relief to certain employee shareholders. 

As the result of lobbying by the professional bodies the government have made a late change in the Finance Bill to the definition of personal company so that fewer shareholders will be denied the relief when they dispose of their shares.

The normal test is that the shareholder is required to be entitled to at least 5% of the company's ordinary share capital, voting rights, profits available for distribution, and assets available on the winding up of the company.

The amendment provides an alternative test which would allow relief where the individual is entitled to at least 5% of the sale proceeds in the event of a disposal of the whole of the ordinary share capital of the company, even if the 5% test in relation to distributable profits and assets on a winding up was not satisfied.

This remains a complex area and we would suggest that you contact us to review your company's share structure to check whether particular shareholders would be entitled to relief for their shares.

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