Businesses reminded of new PIC cash payout rate of 40% from August 1

Staff seen at work at a precision-engineering firm.
Staff seen at work at a precision-engineering firm.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Businesses have been reminded that from August 1, the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) cash payout rate will be at 40 per cent instead of 60 per cent of qualifying expenditure, subject to a total expenditure cap of $100,000 across the six qualifying activities.

The other PIC component of 400 per cent tax deduction on up to $400,000 of spending per year in each of the six activities remains unchanged, the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (Iras) said on Thursday (July 21).

The PIC scheme expires after Year of Assessment (YA) 2018.

Compulsory online applications for PIC cash payout at mytax.iras.gov.sg will also take effect from August 1. These changes were announced during Budget 2016.

Businesses who have incurred the qualifying expenditure before Aug 1 will qualify for the 60 per cent cash payout as long as they e-file their YA 2017 PIC cash payout applications by Apr 18, 2017 for sole proprietors and partnerships, and Dec 15, 2017 for companies.

Businesses are responsible for the authenticity and accuracy of their claims regardless of whether they file the claims on their own or with the help of consultants or vendors, IRAS said.

It reminded businesses not to be misled by incorrect information about PIC claims from third parties, such as outdated marketing materials showing the old cash payout rate of 60 per cent for PIC-qualifying expenses incurred from August 1.

Businesses can refer to Iras' website for information on whether an expenditure qualifies for the 60 per cent payout rate.

For assistance on the PIC scheme, please contact Iras via picredit@iras.gov.sg or 1800 356 8622 for companies and se@iras.gov.sg or 6351 3534 for sole-proprietorships/partnerships.