What is Entrepreneur Relief?

What is Entrepreneur Relief? Catherine McGovern, tax director, explains.

Q. I’ve heard a lot about a new relief for business owners? What is Entrepreneur Relief and what are the conditions?

Catherine McGovern PDK tax relief

A. At the moment, a reduced rate of Capital Gains Tax of 20% applies on the disposal of certain qualifying business assets (e.g. shares in a trading company). 

There’s an overall lifetime limit of €1 million; the standard rate of CGT (currently 33%) applies on anything over this.

The new Entrepreneur Relief applies to gains on disposals of chargeable business assets on or after 1 January 2016.

There are conditions to be satisfied to avail of 20% rate which include ownership and full-time working time tests.

The relief will not apply in respect of disposals of shares, securities or other assets held as investments and development land.

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