IRAS Update on Reinstatement Costs
Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore("IRAS") has published the following update pertaining to reinstatement costs (expenses incurred to reinstate premises to its original condition prior to vacating it at the end of the tenancy agreement) on 13 August 2015.
Reinstatement Costs (expenses incurred to reinstate premises to its original condition prior to vacating it at the end of the tenancy agreement)
Generally, reinstatement costs are not deductible as they are considered to be capital in nature. In addition, such expenditures are usually incurred in respect of business premises vacated and hence no longer used for acquiring income. Following IRAS’s review of the tax treatment of reinstatement costs, deduction is now allowed under section 14(1) of the ITA where the costs incurred meet the following conditions:-
- Costs claimed do not relate to provisions made under FRS 16(1) (i.e. expense has been incurred);
- Costs claimed are contractually provided for in the tenancy agreement and hence considered to be part of the costs of renting the property for use in the business in the first place; and
- The premises are not vacated due to cessation of business.