Enterprise Innovation Scheme

The landscape of business innovation and development in Singapore has witnessed a significant leap with the introduction of the Enterprise Innovation Scheme (EIS). This initiative, initiated by the government, is designed to provide substantial support and encouragement to Singapore companies engaged in Research and Development (R&D), innovation, and capability development activities. Geared towards fostering a culture of innovation and productivity, the EIS aims to bolster the competitive edge of businesses, driving growth and advancement across diverse sectors. With its enhanced tax deductions and a cash conversion option, the EIS stands as a beacon for enterprises seeking to revolutionize their operations and embrace cutting-edge advancements.
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Key Facts about the Enterprise Innovation Scheme

The Enterprise Innovation Scheme is a pioneering program introduced by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS), set to be in effect from the Year of Assessment (YA) 2024 to YA 2028. It offers businesses an enhanced tax deduction of up to 400% for five distinct categories of qualifying activities. The EIS encompasses a diverse array of activities, including research and development, intellectual property registration, acquisition and licensing of IP rights, qualifying training expenditure, and collaborative innovation projects with local institutions. By providing substantial tax benefits and incentives, the EIS aims to stimulate a culture of innovation and foster a dynamic business ecosystem primed for growth and success.
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Tax credit Amount
Up to 400% tax deduction
The evaluation period can vary but typically takes several weeks to a few months.
Key Requirements

1. Company registered in Singapore;

2. Company must carry out innovation activities.

Benefits of Singapore Enterprise Innovation Scheme

The Enterprise Innovation Scheme offers a range of significant benefits to eligible businesses, providing a robust framework for fostering innovation and growth.

  • Enhanced Tax Deduction. Under the EIS, eligible companies can claim up to 400% tax deduction for five categories of qualifying activities. It enables businesses to allocate resources towards pioneering initiatives and technological advancements, fostering a culture of innovation and excellence within their operations.
  • Cash Conversion Option. In addition to the enhanced tax deductions, eligible businesses have the option to convert up to S$100,000 of the total qualifying expenditure for each Year of Assessment into cash at a conversion rate of 20%. This cash conversion option provides companies with the flexibility to manage their financial resources effectively, facilitating the seamless integration of innovative practices and initiatives within their operations.

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Eligibility Criteria for the Enterprise Innovation Scheme

To qualify for the Enterprise Innovation Scheme, companies must meet specific eligibility criteria outlined by the government.

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Singapore-based company: An applicant should be a company incorporated in Singapore and tax resident in the country.

Eligible projects: A company should implement any of the following projects:

  • R&D Activities. Businesses engaged in R&D projects can avail of tax benefits if their initiatives meet specific criteria. These include the acquisition of new knowledge, the creation of new products or processes, or the enhancement of existing products or processes. The EIS provides a robust framework for businesses to undertake pioneering R&D activities, facilitating the exploration of groundbreaking ideas and concepts that contribute to their long-term growth and competitiveness.

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How to Apply for the EIS

Implementing the Enterprise Innovation Scheme involves a systematic approach to ensure seamless and efficient processing. The following steps outline the application process for companies interested in leveraging the benefits of the EIS:
By adhering to these comprehensive steps, businesses can navigate the application process smoothly and maximize the benefits provided by the Enterprise Innovation Scheme.

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