So in the UK the tax law on dividends is changing meaning a reasonably hefty increase in tax for 2016.
Therefore there's an opportunity to take as much dividend as possible now to reduce future tax. Fine. Makes sense.
The flip side of that I've seen on a few websites advise about using this "opportunity" and funnily enough these websites then also push the idea of investing a significant chunk into a VCT or SEIS scheme so you can claim back all that tax.
However it seems to me that VCTs are very edge case, and in most cases strongly advised against - so what is the opinion on these things, if anyone can actually claim to be independant? Indeed the government themselves only advises them if you have an enormous amount of spare cash. (yeah, thats pretty much what they say!)
On the other side there's crowd funding, but then you have to pick the individual scheme much more carefully - and to spread risk i guess you'd need to get into lots of schemes, and that means a lot of paperwork!
Given that, Is it wise to advise the use of an SEIS or VCT to offset a one-off large tax bill?