February 2024 / Singapore

22 Febbraio 2024

Singapore Budget 2024: Refundable Investment Credit (RIC) scheme

Singapore is taking proactive steps to enhance its attractiveness for investments with the introduction of the Refundable Investment Credit (RIC) scheme announced in Budget 2024.

The RIC scheme aims to support high-value economic activities, such as:

  • Investing in new productive capacity (e.g., new manufacturing plant, production of low-carbon energy);
  • Expanding or establishing the scope of activities in digital services, professional services, and supply chain management;
  • Expanding or establishing headquarter activities, or Centres of Excellence;
  • Setting up or expansion of activities by commodity trading firms;
  • Carrying out R&D and innovation activities; and
  • Implementing solutions with decarbonisation objectives.

Administered by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) and Enterprise Singapore (EnterpriseSG), the RIC will be awarded based on qualifying expenditures incurred by companies during a period of up to 10 years.

Qualifying expenditures cover a range of categories such as capital expenditure, manpower costs, training costs, professional fees, intangible asset costs, fees for work outsourced in Singapore, consumables, freight, and logistics costs.

Companies can receive up to 50% support on each qualifying expenditure category, with the total quantum of RIC determined by EDB or EnterpriseSG.

The credits will be offset against corporate income tax payable, and any unused credits will be refunded to the company in cash within four years.

  Source: IRAS
20 Febbraio 2024

Singapore Presents Budget 2024

The measures announced in Budget 2024 are broadly focused on addressing bread-and-butter priorities, ranging from cost-of-living-related concerns, the need for the Singapore workforce to reskill and upskill in anticipation of the advent of artificial intelligence and other nascent technologies, and environmental and energy sustainability, the need to also keep pace with international tax developments and other global trends for Singapore to stay relevant and competitive in the new economy.

The key tax measures announced in Budget 2024 relate to the following fields of taxation:

  • corporate income tax;
  • tax incentives;
  • individual income tax; and
  • indirect taxes and other measures.

With Budget 2024, the Singapore government says it is taking a decisive step to align its tax system with the global minimum corporate taxation framework under Pillar Two of the OECD Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) 2.0 project.

This sends a clear signal that, as with tax transparency through an exchange of information and country-by-country reporting previously, the Singapore tax regime will continue to be consistent with international standards. Even as the scope for tax competition narrows, Singapore is working hard to strengthen its competitiveness and is intensifying efforts to attract and retain quality investments, particularly in key sectors such as semiconductors, artificial intelligence and green technology.

The launch of the refundable investment credit (RIC) scheme, in particular, is a timely and strategic move designed to boost Singapore's appeal to foreign investors and spur multinational enterprises already based in Singapore to expand their business activities and seek new areas of growth in Singapore. Budget 2024, states the Minister, attempts to strike a right balance between maintaining Singapore's competitive edge and adhering to its BEPS 2.0 commitments, against the backdrop of mounting geopolitical risks, climate change, a rapidly aging population and inflationary pressures.

The Budget Statement is available here

Source: IBFD Tax Research Platform News