• EIS and SEIS incentivize investors to back new companies
  • Talks among regulators about updates are in preliminary stages

The U.K. government is considering policy changes to a popular program that provides preferential tax treatment for early-stage investments into tech companies, which could make it easier for companies to raise larger rounds of funding.

Talks among regulators about potentially expanding the Enterprise Investment Scheme and the Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme are in preliminary stages, according to people familiar with the matter, who asked for anonymity because the discussions are private.

A U.K. Treasury spokesperson said the government keeps all tax relief policies under review in order to ensure they meet policy objectives in a fair and effective way.

Both the EIS and SEIS incentivize individual investors to back new companies by offering significant tax relief.

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