What is the Knowledge Development Box (KDB)
The KDB is a tax relief applying to income from qualifying patents, computer programmes and other certified intellectual property (IP).
Introduced in the Finance Act 2015, KDB applies in respect of accounting periods commencing on or after 1 January 2016. The introduction of this tax regime aims to reward those companies who invest time and effort into legally protecting their intellectual property.
What is the tax relief available?
If a company qualifies for KDB, it may be entitled to a deduction equal to 50% of its qualifying profits from patented inventions and copyrighted software developed in Ireland. This means its qualifying profits may be taxed at 6.25%.
Unlike research and development (R&D) tax benefits, which are only available for the duration of an R&D project, KDB benefits apply as long as income is generated from the intellectual property.
Is my company entitled to avail of the KDB relief?
If you answer yes to each of the following questions, your company could be eligible for a valuable corporation tax saving.
How can we help?
Crowe’s KDB team is available to help determine if your company is eligible to receive tax relief and can help prepare the documentation for your KDB claim. Contact our tax team for more information.
* Qualifying assets are: an invention protected by a patent, copyrighted software and other intellectual property which is certified by the Controller of Patients as patentable, but not yet patented.