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UK and Germany reach agreement over ‘patent box’ corporate tax incentive

11 November 2014

Bill Dodwell, Head of Tax Policy at Deloitte, comments: “We welcome the outline agreement between UK and Germany on the future role for a ‘patent box’ corporate tax incentive. The agreement will of course need to be endorsed by other members of the G20 and OECD before it can be adopted. It also seems that detailed rules on tracking and tracing research and development costs will need to be agreed, as well as details on how existing regimes are moved into the new approach. Focussing tax incentives on patents and equivalents may mean the withdrawal of some of the wider intangibles regimes adopted by other countries.

“Patent Boxes have always been about incentivising the commercialisation of innovation, whereas R&D expenditure credits support the initial R&D. The UK has a good research record but a less strong commercialisation record – so we are pleased that this support can continue.”


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