Good news! Any SME investing in digital payment and invoicing systems or interfaces to realize online payment and security can enjoy an extra investment deduction.
The tax deduction for all investments has doubled from 4 to 8% since January 1, 2016, but for digital investments it has been increased to 13.5%. The condition is that the invoice from the supplier contains specific information. Among other things, the supplier must confirm that the deduction conditions are met.
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What does this measure entail?
A company that carries out an investment at the time of incorporation or expansion can, under certain conditions, obtain an investment allowance. This is a tax benefit whereby a certain percentage of the acquisition or investment value of the investments made during the taxable period may be deducted from the taxable profit. The percentage is applied once to the purchase or investment value of the goods. In some cases, the deduction may be spread over the depreciation period of the investments.
Eligible are the digital fixed assets that serve to integrate and operate digital payment and invoicing systems and the systems that serve to secure information and communication technology. The investment deduction for digital investments is 13.5% and sole traders and SME companies.
This includes investments in e-commerce, and in particular for investments in software or equipment that:
- facilitate electronic payment;
- serve for electronic invoicing, signature or archiving.
In addition, additional investments associated with the implementation of the aforementioned investments are also eligible. In this case it concerns:
- software development costs associated with the above investments (and are depreciated together with them);
- investments that enable interfacing with other systems of the company or systems outside the company.
So your investment in a webshop or online payment system for e-commerce is eligible for the tax benefit!
In 2017, an SME purchases electronic payment terminals that must allow electronic payment in its shops, for an amount of EUR 50,000. The investment allowance is then 50,000 x 13.5% = 6,750 EUR. Calculated at the standard rate, the tax benefit for the company then amounts to EUR 2,294 (= 6,750 x 33.99%). or 4.6% of the total investment.
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