Often when you start a business you will need to borrow money personally to lend to your new company or buy shares.
You might borrow by increasing your mortgage.
You may be entitled to claim tax relief for interest paid on a loan or alternative finance arrangement used to buy:
- shares in, or to fund, a ‘close’ company (contact your HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) office if you are not sure if the company is ‘close’)
- an interest in, or to fund, a partnership
- plant or machinery for your work (but make sure you do not claim this interest twice, you will do if you have already deducted it as a business expense)
If you receive a low-interest or interest free loan from your employer for one of the above purposes you may be able to claim relief for any benefit taxable on you.
This is called ‘Qualifying loan interest relief’, HMRC have a helpsheet which gives further details HS340
In the 2014 Budget Qualifying loan interest relief was changed to include EEA state companies