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Turkey Introduces New Tax Credit for Compliant Taxpayers — Orbitax Tax News & Alerts

On 8 March 2017, Turkey published Law No. 6824 in the Official Gazette, which provides for various amendments to both the Income Tax and Value Added Tax (VAT) Laws. One of the main amendments is the introduction of a new tax credit for compliant taxpayers equal to 5% of their calculated tax liability for the year. The maximum credit amount is TRY 1 million. Conditions include:

  • The tax return for the current year and the two previous years must have been submitted by the statutory deadline;
  • The taxpayer must not be subject to any tax assessments for the current year or the previous two years;
  • The taxpayer must not have any outstanding tax debts or penalties in excess of TRY 1,000 at the time the return is submitted; and
  • The taxpayer must not have committed any fraudulent acts in the current year or previous four years.

The tax credit is available for individual and corporate taxpayers for returns submitted after 1 January 2018, with the exception of companies in the finance, banking, insurance, reinsurance, and retirement/pension investment sectors.