What are Community & Social Investments?
Social Investment loans are a Government initiative to encourage investors to lend to good causes, providing tax relief as an incentive. These loans may have lower returns or higher risks, but the tax incentive is offered to reflect the adverse aspects of the loan.
There are 2 types of tax relief available; Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR) and Community Investment Tax Relief (CITR).
SITR is available for those directly investing in a social business, giving the lender interest on their loan plus 30% of their investment back from HMRC. Individuals making an eligible investment can claim 30% of the cost of their investment from their income tax liability.
The investment must be held for a minimum of 3 years for the relief to be maintained.
The CITR scheme provides a tax incentive to investors in enterprises within under-invested communities. This is available to individuals and companies that invest in accredited intermediary organisations, called Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFIs), which in turn invest in enterprises that operate within or for disadvantaged communities.
Individuals investing in CITR loans can earn tax relief of 5% of the capital invested per year over a 5 year period.
SITR is only available to UK income tax payers, CITR is only available to UK income tax payers and corporation tax payers. Tax treatment depends on the individual circumstances of each client and may be subject to change in the future. Capital is at risk.
Introducing our social investment partner
Big Society Capital (BSC) is a financial institution with a social mission. It was set up to build the social investment market in the UK, so that charities and social enterprises can access appropriate repayable finance to enable them to grow, become more sustainable and increase their impact on society. It is doing this by building a diverse social investment market; encouraging investors to lend or invest money to achieve a social as well as a financial return.
We are the only peer to peer platform to be endorsed by Big Society Capital.
Since it was set up as an independent organisation in 2012, Big Society Capital has invested, along with its co-investors, over £285 million in specialist organisations who lend to charities and social enterprises.
The institution has initially allocated £2 million of its project funding budget to match fund social investments on the ThinCats platform.
The loans will come through specialist Sponsor Community Chest, which was established to help source funding for social and community projects.
For more information visit www.bigsocietycapital.com.
What are the benefits?
One of the biggest benefits of community and social investments is that you are giving back to the community and society whilst also receiving attractive tax incentives. Additional benefits of each investment type are outlined below:
- Invest your money directly in Community Investment Companies or charities, and help them to make a difference
- SITR tax relief of 30% of the capital invested as a tax credit in the first year of investment, plus interest as defined by the loan
- Invest in accredited Community Development Finance Institutions who on-lend to organisations making improvements in disadvantaged communities
- CITR tax relief of 5% of the capital invested per year over a 5 year period
Register your interest
Community & Social Investments are a new product type, and although we have a number of opportunities lined up, they will not always be available for investment. If you sign up below we promise to keep you up to date and notify you whenever a community or social loan is featured on ThinCats.
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