Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC)

Your business can enjoy 400% tax deductions/ allowances and/or 60% cash payout for investment in innovation and productivity improvements under the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme. The tax benefits under PIC are available from Years of Assessment (YAs) 2011 to 2015, on investment in any of the six qualifying activities.

From YAs 2013 to 2015, your business may also enjoy a PIC Bonus, a dollar-for-dollar matching cash bonus given on top of the existing 400% tax deductions/ allowances and/or 60% cash payout.

Find out more about the PIC scheme in the table below.

What Qualifies for PIC
How PIC Benefits You
How to Claim
Invest in Six PIC Qualifying Activities
400% Tax Deductions
Claim in Income Tax Return
Cash Payout Option
Submit PIC Cash Payout Form to IRAS
PIC Bonus
No Separate Application Required. Claim together in the Income Tax Return or PIC Cash Payout Application.\
Most Commonly Claimed Activity
What Equipment Qualifies
How to Apply
IT and Automation Equipment
Equipment in Prescribed List of PIC IT and Automation Equipment
No approval is required

Equipment Approved on Case-by-Case Basis

Examples of IT and Automation Equipment Qualifying for PIC (By Industry)

Submit Application for Approval of Equipment for PIC Form

PIC Bonus

The PIC Bonus gives businesses a dollar-for-dollar matching cash bonus for YAs 2013 to 2015, subject to an overall cap of $15,000 for all 3 YAs combined.

This is given on top of the existing 400% tax deductions/allowances and/or 60% cash payout ("PIC cash payout") under the PIC scheme. To enjoy the PIC Bonus, businesses must have made a claim for the 400% tax deductions/allowances and/or the PIC cash payout.

The PIC Bonus is taxable.

Businesses eligible for the PIC Bonus are sole-proprietorships, partnerships and companies that have:

  • incurred at least $5,000 in PIC-qualifying expenditure* during the basis period for the YA in which a PIC Bonus is claimed;
  • active business operations in Singapore; and
  • at least 3 local employees (Singapore citizens or Singapore permanent residents with CPF contributions) excluding sole-proprietors, partners under contract for service and shareholders who are directors of the company.

A business is considered to have met the 3-local-employees condition if it contributes CPF on the payroll of at least 3 local employees:

  • Where 400% tax deductions/allowances on qualifying PIC expenditure is claimed - in the last month of the basis period for the YA to which the deductions/allowances relates.
  • Where PIC cash payout on qualifying PIC expenditure is claimed - in the last month of the quarter or combined consecutive quarters to which the cash payout option relates.

* This refers to the amount net of grant or subsidy by the Government or any statutory board.

You will receive an equal amount in PIC bonus on every dollar that you spend on qualifying activities, subject to a cap of $15,000 over YAs 2013 to 2015.

Example

  YA 2013
YA 2014
YA 2015
Qualifying PIC Expenditure $6,000
 $3,000  $12,000
PIC Cash Payout (1)  $3,600
($6,000 x 60%)
 $1,800
($3,000 x 60%)
 $7,200
($12,000 x 60%)
PIC Bonus  $6,000  $0 (2)
 $9,000 (3)
Total PIC Benefits  $9,600  $1,800  $16,200

(1) Computed based on 60% of qualifying PIC qualifying expenditure. In this example, the business applies for cash payout for YAs 2013 to 2015. Businesses that claim 400% tax deductions/allowances in any or all the three YAs will also be eligible for the PIC Bonus.
(2) PIC Bonus is not given as qualifying PIC expenditure incurred during YA 2014 is less than $5,000.
(3) PIC Bonus cap of $15,000 less PIC Bonus given in YA 2013 of $6,000.

Businesses do not need to apply for the PIC Bonus separately. Businesses can claim the PIC Bonus together in the PIC cash payout application or the income tax return.

Where 400% tax deductions/allowances is claimed in the income tax return

IRAS will compute the amount of PIC Bonus for each YA upon filing of the income tax return*. Businesses can expect to receive the PIC Bonus within 3 months from the date of receipt of the income tax return, provided all requisite information is submitted together with the tax return. We will start disbursing the PIC Bonus from Oct 2013.

* Sole-proprietors and partnerships also have to submit the PIC Enhanced Allowances/Deduction Declaration Form for Sole-Proprietors and Partnerships (99KB) together with their income tax return.

Where PIC cash payout is claimed via the PIC Cash Payout Application Form

IRAS will compute the amount of PIC Bonus upon approval of the PIC cash payout claim* submitted via the PIC Cash Payout Application Form (88KB). IRAS will generally approve the cash payout claim within 3 months from the date of receipt of the application, provided all requisite information is submitted at the time of application.

Businesses whose PIC cash payout applications for YA 2013 and/or YA 2014 have already been approved by IRAS will also receive the PIC Bonus. We will start disbursing the PIC Bonus for these cases from Jul 2013.

* Businesses can apply for PIC cash payout up to four times a year (i.e. after the end of each quarter or combined consecutive quarters).

 For more information, please visit https://www.iras.gov.sg/irashome/PIcredit.aspx.

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