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Increased benefit in the R&D tax relief from 2018

Increased benefit in the R&D tax relief

The Ministry of Science and Higher Education has published a draft of amendments to the R&D tax relief.



Kiejstut Żagun

Partner Associate, Tax, Innovation, Grants & Incentives

KPMG in Poland


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 Increased benefit in the R&D tax relief from 2018

R&D tax relief - increased benefits

The draft envisages a significant increase in the premium in the form of an additional deduction of eligible costs from the tax base amounting to:

  • 100 percent for all categories of eligible costs for all enterprises (for 2017 this is 50 percent for SMEs and
    30-50 percent for large enterprises);
  • 150 percent for all categories of eligible costs for taxpayers having the status of a research and development center (CBR).

Examples of the R&D super deduction calculated on the basis of the relief amount proposed from 2018


 Annual R&D costs Effective reduction of income tax payable *(CBR)
2017 10 000 000 PLN 950 000 PLN (950 000 PLN)*
2018 10 000 000 PLN 1 900 000 PLN (2 850 000 PLN)*
2019 10 000 000 PLN 1 900 000 PLN (2 850 000 PLN)*
Total 30 000 000 PLN 4 750 000 PLN (6 650 000 PLN)*

Extension and clarification of the catalogue of eligible costs

The draft extends and clarifies the catalogue of eligible costs, including:

  • employee salaries will be eligible for the relief in the part relating to R&D activity (elimination of the “employment for the purpose…” provision which has been a source of interpretative differences);
  • remuneration of natural persons engaged in R&D activities under a contract of mandate or a task-specific contract will be eligible;
  • the purchase of specialised R&D equipment, which is not a fixed asset, will be eligible

Additional benefits for CBR

Taxpayers having the status of CBR will receive additional benefits in the form of:

  • increased premium – 150 percent of eligible costs;
  • expanded catalogue of eligible costs:
    • depreciation of structures, buildings and premises constituting a separate property, used in R&D activities;
    • studies, opinions, consulting and equivalent services, researches, technical knowledge and patents or licenses for protected inventions purchased from entities other than scientific units.
  • the possibility of obtaining a CBR status for entities that earned revenues of PLN 2.5 million or more.


Other, selected changes provided by the draft

  • enabling R&D tax relief for taxpayers operating in a SEZ, for “non-zone” activities;
  • extending the tax exemption of companies whose sole business is financial investment activities, for income from the sale of shares in entities conducting R&D, purchased between 2016 and 2023;
  • facilitating the development of scientific careers, combined with the development and implementation of commercial solutions in enterprises – this change is intended to encourage research and companies to increase cooperation.

How can we help?

The Grants & Incentives team at KPMG is part of the international KPMG R&D Incentives Network. Our experts have many years of experience in identifying and claiming grants and incentives for R&D worldwide.

We offer a fully comprehensive approach enabling companies to benefit from the new tax relief for R&D:

  • assistance in obtaining the status of an R&D center;
  • mapping the operations and costs eligible for deduction;
  • assistance in the process of accounting separation of eligible costs;
  • calculation of the R&D tax relief amount;
  • preparation of the annual R&D report and filing of the R&D declaration;
  • assistance in adjusting the company’s organizational – legal and accounting processes for the effective use of incentives.

Our many years of experience in claiming support for R&D project and cooperation with scientific and technical experts offers our customers an efficient service for claiming tax relief for R&D.

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