The popularity of crowdfunding has evolved rapidly since it was first introduced to the UK in 2005. The global recession forced banks to cut back on lending and ever since, crowdfunding has become an increasingly attractive option for investors and entrepreneurs looking to get their ideas off the ground.
We provide a complete package of crowdfunding services that includes:
- Setting the company up
- Helping you with the business plan and pitch
- Accounting, tax and VAT
We’ve successfully helped a number of our clients get the financial backing they needed with the minimum capital outlay. Current projects include working with a Danish entrepreneur to help set up their UK company and raise £150,000 for an online magazine platform.
An important consideration is the various tax implications on crowdfunding, accounting requirements will vary depending on the type used.
What is donation-based crowdfunding?
Investors support an idea (often a charity) without expecting anything in return.
What is reward-based crowdfunding?
Investors receive no financial incentive but are rewarded with a perk. This could include receiving the product in question once developed.
What is equity-based crowdfunding?
This is the most popular option for startups. Investors receive equity in the business in return for their investment.
When it comes to taxes, donations are likely to be considered as gifts, but funds offered in exchange for a perk are often classified as income and are typically subjected to tax and potentially VAT.
The SEIS and EIS schemes are available where qualifying individuals get tax breaks of 50% and 30% respectively. We can guide you through the process and suggest the best options available for you and your business.
Benefits of Crowdfunding
- Ownership isn’t diluted
- No mandatory financial reporting requirements to the contributors
- Access to capital
- Successful campaigns can gain PR and exposure
- It’s a good way to test proof of concept
- Provides a potential customer base
- Hedges risk
Crowdfunding is an excellent option for entrepreneurs and startups and the European market has already raised over £10 billion through public investment.
Contact one of our advisors today to see how we can help.