As a continuation of the summary of recently announced measures by the Thailand BOI to promote improvement of production efficiency, below are the list of measures to promote the investment on research and development and advanced engineering designs for efficiency improvement:-
3.1 This measure applies to existing projects only, be it BOI or non-BOI promoted.
3.2 BOI promoted projects can also apply for this measure when the corporate income tax exemption or reduction period expires or in case the projects do not receive the corporate income tax exemption.
3.3 The minimum capital investment requirement of each project must not be less than 1 million Baht (excluding cost of land and working capital). This requirement does not apply to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) projects. The minimum capital investment requirement of each SME project must not be less than 500,000 Baht (excluding cost of land and working capital).
3.4 The Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) project qualifications are:
3.4.1 The total capital investment (excluding cost of land and working capital) of all of the applicants BOI and non-BOI promoted projects combined must not exceed 200 million Baht.
3.4.2 Thai Nationals must hold shares totaling not less than 51 percent of the registered capital.
3.5 The applicant must submit an investment plan for research and development or advanced engineering designs according to the stipulated criteria.
3.6 Project must invest in research and development or advanced engineering designs no less than 1 percent of the total revenue for the first three years from the date of application submission. And for SMEs, projects must invest in invest in research and development or advanced engineering designs no less than 0.5 percent of the total revenue for the first three years from the date the application is submitted.
3.7 The following incentives shall be granted:
3.7.1 Exemption of import duty for machinery regardless of zone.
3.7.2 Three –year corporate income tax exemption on the revenue of an existing project, accounting for 50 percent of the investment under this measure, excluding cost of land and working capital of the upgrading process.
3.7.3 Corporate income tax exemption period shall start from the date of revenue derivation after the promotion certificate is issued.
3.8 Application shall be submitted by December 31, 2017 and project must complete the implementation within three years from the date the promotion certificate is issued.
3.9 Application of existing projects of all investment sizes under this measure shall be considered by the Office of the Board of Investment.