The South African Revenue Service (SARS) has published the following for public comment:
Details are provided in a Media Statement from the National Treasury as follows:
Publication of draft refinements to the research and development tax incentive (in terms of section 11D of the Income Tax Act) for potential inclusion in the 2023 Budget and draft 2023 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill for public comment
Government is proposing to extend the Research & Development (R&D) tax incentive beyond 31 December 2023 – likely for a period of 10 years following a consultation process with industry stakeholders. However, given the experience gained in adjudicating applications and the review conducted, government is of the view that the R&D tax incentive requires some refinement. It is the only policy instrument targeted at encouraging the earlier phases of R&D. The proposed refinements to section 11D of the Income Tax Act will move the incentive closer to its intended objectives.
The 2021 Budget Review stated that government would review the research and development tax incentive. A discussion document titled Reviewing the Design, Implementation and Impact of South Africa's Research and Development Tax Incentive was jointly published by the National Treasury and the Department of Science and Innovation for public comment on 15 December 2021. The discussion document included a link to an online survey. In the 2022 Budget Review, National Treasury announced that the research and development (R&D) tax incentive will be extended until 31 December 2023 to allow the review of the incentive to be finalised as there was insufficient time to hold a public consultation between publishing the discussion document and the 2022 Budget. Responses to the survey were received from 74 interested parties, some of which provided additional written comments. A public workshop was held on 7 April 2022 to discuss the written comments and survey results and better understand the concerns of industry.
The draft refinements and accompanying explanatory memorandum released with this media statement are published for public comment today. Interested parties will have 30 days in which to provide comments. To be clear, the proposed refinements do not constitute a tax bill. Based on these proposals and all public comments received, a final proposal will be included in the 2023 Budget for inclusion in the draft 2023 Taxation Laws Amendment Bill (TLAB). Following that, the usual public consultation process will ensue. The publishing of these suggested refinements today provide the public with an additional chance to provide inputs before having sight of them in the draft 2023 TLAB.
The proposed amendments include the following:
It is envisaged that the proposed changes to refine and simplify the legislation, combined with the move to an online process and enhancing the application process for smaller businesses, should enhance the uptake of the incentive. The draft refinements to section 11D of the Income Tax Act and the accompanying explanatory memorandum can be found on the National Treasury website at (www.treasury.gov.za) and on the South African Revenue Service website at (www.sars.gov.za).
Due date for written comments
Please forward written comments to the National Treasury’s tax policy depository at 2022AnnexCProp@Treasury.gov.za and TaxIncentiveReviews@Treasury.gov.za, and to SARS at email@example.com by close of business on 7 November 2022.