Australian ESIC tax incentives

Broadly, investors in ‘early stage innovation companies’ (ESICs) may be eligible for:

  • a 20% tax offset (up to $200k) of the amount invested in respect of Australian tax; and
  • an Australian Capital Gains Tax exemption on shares held for 1 to 10 years.

Most companies that appear on the platform qualify as ESICs. 

Jelix makes every effort to structure our investments to allow qualified investors to take full advantage of ESIC tax breaks where they apply. However, Jelix does not take into account the specific circumstances of any investor.  Prospective investors should therefore obtain professional tax advice that takes into account their specific circumstances before making the decision to invest.

This summary is necessarily general in nature and is not intended to be either a definitive or an exhaustive statement of the possible tax treatment of investing in companies through the platform. 

Please see the Australian Tax Office website for details of the tax incentives for early stage investors.

Qualifying as an early stage investment company (ESIC)

Jelix requests investee companies to provide their accountants opinion that it qualifies as an ESIC (unless there is an obvious disqualification) to support our investors ESIC tax claim.

Some implications for angel investing in Australia

Shares

ESIC tax incentives are available only if the investment is in newly issued equities.  They are not available for debt instruments such as convertible notes (until they convert to equity) and some redeemable preference shares. Therefore, Jelix usually invests by way of equity in the form of seed preference shares.

Traditionally, angel investors syndicate their Australian investments by way of a unit trust. Current Australian regulations restrict an individual investors benefits from the ESIC tax breaks to a pro rata amount of those of the unit trust. This means that individual investors ESIC tax benefits may be limited when investing by way of a unit trust.

 The Jelix investment structure

The structure of investments with Jelix vary according to the circumstances, however, we aim to allow our investors to access the Australian ESIC tax benefits where they apply, while still providing a single touch point for founders.

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