Venture Capital Trusts

Our guide to investing in VCTs

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Venture Capital Trusts are incredibly tax-efficient and allow experienced investors the ability to access fledgling companies based in the UK. They offer generous tax credits, ongoing tax relief, tax-free dividends and attract no Capital Gains Tax. They are however considered higher risk investments and are only suitable for certain types of investors. Download your guide to find out more about the benefits, risks and construction of VCTs.

What's in this guide?

  • What Venture Capital Trusts are and who they are suitable for
  • The investment opportunities VCTs offer
  • The risks and tax benefits of VCTs


Important information

VCTs should be regarded as higher risk investments. They are only suitable for UK resident taxpayers who can tolerate higher risk and have a time horizon of greater than five years. Past performance is not an indication of future performance. Share values and income from them may go down as well as up and you may not get back the amount originally invested. Owing to the nature of their underlying assets, VCTs are highly illiquid. Investors should be aware that they may have difficulty, or be unable to realise their shares at levels close to that that reflect the value of the underlying assets. Tax levels and reliefs may change and the availability of tax reliefs will depend on individual circumstances. You should only subscribe for new VCT shares on the basis of the relevant prospectus and must carefully consider the risk warnings contained in that prospectus.