Strategic Investment Incentives Scheme

Investments meeting the criteria below are supported within the framework of the Strategic Investment Incentives Scheme:

  • The domestic production capacity for the product to be manufactured with the investment shall be less than the import of the product.
  • The investment shall have a minimum investment amount of TRY 50 million.
  • The investment shall create a minimum added-value of 40% (this condition is not applicable to refinery and petrochemicals investments).
  • The total import value of the product to be manufactured with the investment shall be minimum of USD 50 million as of the past one year (excluding products that are not locally produced).

The terms and rates of support provided within the Strategic Investment Incentives Scheme are shown in the following table.

Strategic Investment Incentives Scheme Instruments

Incentive Instruments

Region

I

II

III

IV

V

VI

VAT Exemption

YES

Customs Duty Exemption

YES

Tax Reduction

Tax Reduction Rate (%)

90

Reduced Tax Rate (%)

2

Rate of Contribution to Investment (%)

50

Social Security

Premium Support (Employer’s Share)

Support Period

7 years

(10 years for Region 6)

Upper Limit for Support (%)

15 (No limit for Region 6)

Land Allocation

YES

Interest Rate Support

TRY Denominated Loans (points)

5

5

FX Loans (points)

2

2

Maximum Support Amount (*)

TRY 50 million

TRY 50 million

Social Security

Premium Support (Employee’s Share)

10 years (for investments in Region 6)

Income Tax Withholding Allowance

10 years (for investments in Region 6)

VAT Refund

YES (for construction expenditures of the strategic investments over TRY 500 million)

*Provided that it will not exceed 5 percent of the investment amount

Contribution Rate to Investment Applicable During Investment / Operating Periods

Under Strategic Investment Incentives Scheme

Regions

Investment Period

Operating Period

I, II, III, IV, V

50 %

50 %

VI

80 %

20 %

 

Support Instruments

VAT Exemption:

VAT is exempt for imported and/or domestically delivered machinery and equipment within the scope of the investment incentive certificate.

Customs Duty Exemption:

Customs duty is exempt for imported machinery and equipment within the scope of the investment incentive certificate.

Tax Reduction:

The income or corporate tax is calculated on basis of reduced rates until the total amount of reduced tax reaches the amount of contribution to the investment. The rate of contribution to investment refers to the rate of the total fixed investment amount that is subject to tax reduction.

Social Security Premium Support (Employee’s Share):

For additional employment created by the investment, the employee’s share of the social security premium calculated on basis of the legal minimum wage will be covered by the government. The instrument is applicable only to investments made in Region 6 within the scope of the investment incentive certificate. There is no upper limit for Social Security Premium Support and it is applicable for 10 years.

Social Security Premium Support (Employer’s Share):

For additional employment created by the investment, the employer’s share of the social security premium calculated on basis of the legal minimum wage will be covered by the government.

Income Tax Withholding Allowance:

The income tax with regard to additional employment created by the investment, within the scope of the investment incentive certificate, will not be liable to withholding taxes. The instrument is applicable only to investments made in Region 6 within the scope of the investment incentive certificate. There is no upper limit for income tax withholding allowance and it is applicable for 10 years.

Interest Rate Support:

Interest rate support is a financial support instrument provided for investment loans with a term of at least one year obtained within the scope of an investment incentive certificate. A portion of the interest/profit share regarding the loan equivalent, at most 70 percent of the fixed investment amount registered in the investment incentive certificate, will be covered by the government.

Land Allocation:

Land may be allocated for investments, with an investment incentive certificate, in accordance with the rules and principles set by the Ministry of Finance, depending on the availability of such land.

VAT Refund:

VAT collected on construction expenses, made within the scope of strategic investments with a minimum fixed investment amount of TRY 500 million, will be rebated.