R&D Tax Incentive
Description of Incentive
The government in Singapore provide a tax offset for R&D performed in-house, is outsourced or is part of a cost-sharing agreement, providing that the taxpayer is the beneficiary of the R&D activities.
Most R&D expenditure will receive a 100% tax offset. However, local expenditure incurred for staff salaries and consumables is eligible for the enhanced R&D tax incentive. This provides an enhanced tax deduction of 250% for qualifying expenditure. No expenditure cap is imposed.
Detailed project reports must be submitted to substantiate each project. Taxpayers must lodge an R&D claim for each income tax return for the relevant year. Documentation and corresponding R&D expenditure breakdowns must be retained for each activity.
To be eligible for the R&D tax incentive, the following criteria must be met, under Section 2 of the Income Tax Act.
1. The project objective is to:
a) Acquire new knowledge;
b) Create new products or processes; or
c) Improve existing products or processes.
2. The project involves novelty or technical risk; and
3. The project involves a systematic, investigative and experimental study in the field of science and technology.
Swanson Reed offers the following services:
- Advice on tax preparation relevant to claiming the R&D tax credits incentive
- Preparation of documents relating to filing and substantiating a R&D taxation claim
- R&D tax advice and consultations
- R&D tax claim planning and preparation
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