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EU Commission Labels UK Patent Box Harmful Tax Competition

October 14, 2013

EU Commission Labels UK Patent Box Harmful Tax Competition 
Institute for Fiscal Studies (October 2013).¬† EU Commission has opined that the UK’s Patent Box breaches the code of conduct for business taxation, which aims to prevent countries from operating policies that result in harmful tax competition. The Patent Box provides a 10% rate of corporation tax for the income deemed to be derived from patents. The policy, originally announced by the previous Labour Government, came into effect in April this year. Once fully in place it is estimated by the Office for Budget Responsibility to cost 1.1 billion pounds a year. One aim of the policy is to encourage innovative activities in the UK. The government highlighted that the policy focuses on patents, as opposed to other forms of intellectual property, because they have “a particularly strong link to ongoing high-tech R&D”.