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PRESS RELEASES

Government to Improve Corporate Inheritance Tax Incentive

  • DivisionTax and Customs Office - Property Tax Division
  • DateJune 11, 2019
  • Tel0442154310

Government to Improve Corporate Inheritance Tax Incentive

 

 

Background

 

It has been required that the current corporate inheritance tax be improved in a way to expand incentives, for the current conditions for the tax incentive are too stringent to observe[1].  Currently up to 50 billion won of tax credits are granted to companies with annual sales worth 300 billion won or less if they remain in the same business for at least 10 years after the inheritance, retaining the same level of assets and employment. 

 

Revision

 

Frameworks

 

- Help those wanting to inherit companies

- Stress that the companies be managed responsibly and honestly

- Take into consideration fast changing business environment

 

Revisions

 

1. Relax obligations incurred following the tax credit

 

- Shorten the 10 year mandatory period to 7 years of retaining businesses, assets and employment at the same level as the time of inheritance[2]

- Allow business transformation within a larger category[3]

- Relax requirements for the sales of more than 20 percent of assets, taking into account changes necessarily following business transformations

- Ease the employment retention rate mandated by the tax credit for medium-sized companies from 120 percent of 7 year averages[4] to 100 percent[5], taking into account factory automation and other changes in business conditions

 

2. Add responsibility provisions and relax other requirements

 

- Introduce an exemption on the corporate inheritance tax credit against those with criminal records of tax fraud or accounting fraud

- Expand the 10-20 years of installment payment from companies whose sales do not exceed 30 billion won annually to all SMEs and leading medium-sized companies

- Relax ancestors’ corporate ownership requirement from 10 years to 5 years at the time of inheritance, and remove inheritors’ work experience requirement of working in the company for at least 2 years

 

 

These revisions to the Corporate Inheritance Tax will be included in the 2019 Tax Revision Bill and submitted to the National Assembly in early September.

 

[1] Corporate inheritance tax credits:  318.4 billion won for 76 cases (2016), 222.6 billion won for 91 cases (2017)

[2] Germany (7 years for 100 percent tax cuts), Japan (5 years)

[3] For example, business transformation is allowed within food manufacturing, instead of within dextrin manufacturing, or business transformation to beverage manufacturing is made possible if conditions met

[4] 7 years from the time of inheritance

[5] Annual rates unchanged, as well as rates for SMEs:  An annual retention rate of 80 percent and SME rate of 100 percent of 7 year averages

 

Please refer to the attached pdf