Startup Refunds for Entrepreneurs (SURE)

SURE is a tax relief that provides a refund of income tax that you paid in previous years. You can claim the relief if you are an employee, an unemployed person or a person who has recently been made redundant and are starting your own business.

The general conditions for SURE are that you must:

  • establish a new company carrying on a new qualifying trading activity
  • have mainly Pay As You Earn (PAYE) income in the previous four years
  • take up full-time employment in the new company as a director or an employee
  • invest cash in the new company by purchasing new ordinary shares  
  • keep the purchased shares for at least four years.

There are a number of specific conditions that the individual and the company must meet in order to qualify for this relief. For more information on the qualifying conditions see the SURE manual.