New IP regime
The provisions of the new IP regime are effective from 1 July 2016. According to the new regime, qualifying intangible asset means an asset which was acquired, developed or exploited by a person in the course of carrying on a business and which constitutes intellectual property, other than marketing related intellectual property associated with promotion (marketing) and which is the result of research and development activities, including an intangible asset for which there is only economic ownership.
In calculating the taxable profit, an 80% deemed deduction applies to the profit from the exploitation of such qualifying intangible assets which is calculated based on a specific formula that follows the modified nexus approach. Capital gains arising from the disposal of a qualifying asset are not included in the qualifying profits and are fully exempt from income tax.
The taxpayer may choose to forego the whole or part of the deduction in each year of assessment. Where the calculation of qualifying profits results in a loss, only 20% of this loss may be carried forward or group relieved. The capital cost of any qualifying intangible asset is tax deductible as a capital allowance.
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