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Investment Incentives

The Investment Support Office, operating within the Istanbul Development Agency, offers investment support services to domestic and foreign investors who want to invest in Istanbul. In this context, investors are informed about investment opportunities and opportunities offered by the city. Investment Support Office provides information to all stakeholders about financial and technical support programs of many institutions, including IDA, TUBITAK, EU Horizon 2020 and KOSGEB. In addition to these, activities are organized to bring together the stakeholders in entrepreneurship ecosystem together. In this context, best practices are shared and different initiatives are assembled to form cooperation networks. In this section, detailed information about the supports of various institutions is provided.

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract. It promises more breakthroughs, discoveries and world-firsts by taking great ideas from the lab to the market.

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/horizon2020/

 

Ministry of Industry and Technology

Ministry of Industry and Technology

1. San-Tez

Industrial Thesis (SAN-TEZ) Program is a support mechanism that aims at enabling our SMEs, which constitute a significant part of our industry, to gain R&D and innovation culture and to acquire the habit of solving their problems in cooperation with the university by using their accumulated knowledge.


Scope

  • Commercialization of information in the universities by the private sector
  • To enable SMEs to acquire R&D and innovation culture and to acquire the habit of solving their problems collaboratively by using the knowledge accumulated in the university.


Applicants

  • Businesses

 

Support Limits

  • Up to 85% for micro scale firms up to 80% for small scale firms
  • Up to 75% for medium sized firms
  • Up to 65% for large scale firms


Submission date

  • Project applications are received continuously throughout the year. Project proposal submitted in electronic environment.


More information

https://biltek.sanayi.gov.tr/sayfalar/santezdetay.aspx

 

2. Techo-Investment Programme

Technological Product Investment Support Programme (Techno-Investment) supports such in order to make the country’s economy competitive at international level;

  • Technological products resulted from R&D and innovation projects for the foundations established by law for public institutions and organizations in Turkey or abroad or the industry supported by international funds,
  • Technological products emerging as a result of R&D and innovation projects initiated and concluded in the Technology Development Zones
  • Serial production of the technological products that have a patent and emerged as a result of R&D activities carried out by using equities by domestic firms.


Scope

  • Products to be produced for the first time in preferential technology areas


Applicants

  • Businesses

 

Support Limits

  • For small business 40% for imported goods, 50% for domestic  purchases (Upper limit 5 million TL)
  • 30% for imports and 40% for domestic purchases for medium sized enterprises (Upper limit 4 million TL)
  • For large enterprises, 10% for imports, 20% for domestic purchases (Upper limit 2 million TL)


Submission date

  • Call for Proposals


More information

 

3. R&D and Design Center

This programme aims to increase the product quality and standard, to increase the productivity, to decrease the production costs, to commercialize the technological knowledge, to increase the product quality and standard, to increase the product quality and standard, to commercialize the technological knowledge, to promote the development of pre-competition cooperation, technology-intensive production, entrepreneurship and investment in these fields, and to accelerate the entry of foreign direct investment in R&D and innovation and to increase the employment of R&D personnel and qualified labor force.


Scope

  • To contribute to the development of R & D and Innovation capacity of enterprises and the institutionalization of this capacity


Applicants

  • Businesses

 

Support Limits

  • Various Exemptions (R & D reduction / Income tax withholding incentive / Insurance premium support / Stamp tax exemption)


Submission date

  • Project applications are received continuously throughout the year. Project proposal submitted in electronic environment.


More information

 

4. Clustering

Clustering programme aims at; increasing the competitiveness, innovation and productivity of the Turkish industry, having a greater share in global exports, having produced mainly high-tech products and having qualified workforce and simultaneously transforming it into an environmentally friendly and collective industry structure.


Scope

  • To provide clustering coordination and motivation of enterprises, to develop the market, to increase productivity and to produce innovation


Applicants

  • Businesses and nonprofit organizations

 

Support Limits

  • Maximum 25 Million TL for 5 years or 50% of budget


Submission date

  • Call for Proposals.


More information

 

5. Technology Development Zones


Technology Development Zones are academic, social and cultural sites that enable entrepreneurs, researchers and academicians, who wish to produce goods and services in new or advanced technologies, to conduct their industrial and commercial activities nearby the universities while benefitting from them.  


Scope

  • To contribute to the establishment of academic, social and cultural sites that enable entrepreneurs, researchers and academicians, who wish to produce goods and services in new or advanced technologies, to conduct their industrial and commercial activities nearby the universities while benefitting from them. 


Applicants

  • Businesses

 

Support Limits

  • Various Exemptions [Institutions-Income Tax No Limit / Social Security Premium (SSP) Support for Employer's Share 50%]

Submission date

  • Throughout the Year

More information

 

6. Pre-Competition Cooperation

This programme promotes the collaboration and cooperation of the businesses in order to bring together their resources based on material, technology and information.


Scope

  • Collaboration and cooperation in well-defined activities for the development of new technology by more than one business


Applicants

  • Businesses

Support Limits

  • Various Exemptions [36+6]

Submission date

  • Throughout the Year

More information

 

Ministry of Treasury and Finance

New Incentive System The new incentive system, which entered into force with the Decision of the Cabinet dated 15.06.2012 and numbered 2012/3305, consists of 4 different applications:

  • General Investment Incentive Scheme
  • Regional Investment Incentive Scheme
  • Large Scale Investments Incentive Scheme
  • Strategic Investments Incentive Scheme
Supports Regional Scheme   Large Scale Scheme Strategic Scheme General Scheme
VAT Exemption x

x

x

x

Customs Duty Exemption x

x

x

x

Tax Deduction

x

x

x

 
SSP Support (Employer’s Share)*

x

x

x

 
Income Tax Withholding Support**

x

x

x

x
SSP Support (Employee’s Share) **

x

x

x

 
Interest Rate Support **

x

 

x

 
Land Allocation

x

x

x

 
VAT Refund****    

x

 

* SSP: Social Security Premium ** Provided that the investment is made in Region 6. *** Provided that the investment is made in Regions 3, 4, 5 or 6 within the frame of the Regional Investment Incentive Scheme **** For strategic investments with a minimum fixed investment amount of 500 million TL.
Investment Incentive Schemes According to Regional Development Level
Regional and Large Scale Investment Incentive Schemes of the new program provide support to investments in different provinces at varying rates and terms according to regional and provincial development levels. Both schemes grant different amounts of support according to the regional map identifying 6 different regions. 

Regions in the Investment Incentive Program

Within the scope of the new Investment Incentives Program, all provinces in Turkey have been grouped into 6 regions according to the level of economic and social development as indicated by the 2011 socio-economic development index of the Ministry of Development. Investment Incentive Schemes based on regional development level offer the most advantageous rates and terms to Region 6 and less advantageous ones to Region 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 respectively.

* excluding Bozcaada and Gökçeada

 

General Investment Incentive scheme supports all investments fulfilling conditions on specific level of capacity and minimum fixed investment amounts regardless of the regions. The minimum fixed investment amount is 1 million TL in Region 1 and 2 and 500 thousand TL in the remaining 4 regions. Regional Investment Incentives in each province, the industries to be supported through incentives are determined based on the competitive potential of that specific province. There is a minimum fixed investment amount for each industry and region. While the lowest amount in Regions 1 and 2 is 1 million TL, in the remaining 4 regions it is 500 thousand TL. The minimum fixed investment amount for Large Scale Investments is defined in different sizes according to the sector starting from 50 Million TL. The minimum fixed investment amount for Strategic Investments is 50 Million TL.

Vat Exemption, Customs Duty Exemption, Tax Reduction, Social Security Premium Support and Land Allocation are available in Regional Investment Incentive Scheme. Regional system aims to eliminate inter-regional imbalances by means of encouraging pre-determined sectors. Therefore, investment topics to be supported have been identified by taking into consideration of the economic potentials of each province and economies of scale. Through the new regime, 81 provinces of Turkey are classified under 6 investment regions. Istanbul, which is the most developed region of Turkey, is classified in the 1st degree regional list.

Incentives Instruments Istanbul Region(Region 1)
VAT Exemption Available
Customs Duty Exemption Available
Tax Reduction (Rate of Contribution to Investment %) 50% (out of OIZ Rate of Contribution to Investment %15)   55% (in OIZ Rate of Contribution to Investment %20)
Social Security Premium Support (Employer’s Share) 2 years (out of OIZ) 3 years (in OIZ)
Land Allocation Available

Sectors below are able to benefit from Vat Exemption, Customs Duty Exemption, Tax Reduction, Social Security Premium Support and Land Allocation.

Sectoral Code

 

Investment Topics

Minimum Amount of Investment /Capacity

 

1911

Leather Tanning, Processing (Only in Istanbul Deri İhtisas OIZ and Tuzla OIZ

1 million TL

2423

 

Medicine and Pharmaceuticals

 

4 million TL

2929

Industrial Patterns

4 million TL

30

 

Office, Accounting and IT Processing Machines

 

4 million TL

32

Radio, TV, Communication Equipments and Devices

4 million TL

33 Medical Devices, Sensitive and Optic Devices

 

1 million TL

5510.3.01

Dormitories

100 students

80 (809 Excluded)

 

Education (Schools, Universities)

 

1 million TL

8511.0.01-05

Hospitals, Nursing Home

Hospital: 1 million TL

Nursing Home: 100 persons

 

8511.0.99

8531.0.01-03

-

Waste Management and Recycling Facilities

 

1 million TL

In addition, the sectors below are applied the intensity of 5th region incentives.

  •       Mining Investments
  •       Railroad and maritime transportation investments
  •       Test facilities, wind tunnel and similar investments
  •       Tourism investments in Cultural and Touristic Preservation and Development Regions
  •       International fairground investments with a minimum covered area of 50.000 m2
  •       Primary, Middle and High School investments by private sector
  •       Specific medical investments and Defense Industry investments with minimum investment amount of 20 Million TL
  •       Investments made to produce products developed by an R&D Project which is supported by Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology

  • Large Scale Investments Incentive Scheme Vat Exemption, Customs Duty Exemption, Tax Reduction, Social Security Premium Support and Land Allocation are available in Regional Investment Incentive Scheme. The goals of this scheme are to improve technological and R&D capacity of regions and to provide a competitive advantage in the global arena.

Within the context of the Implementation of Regional or Large-Scale Investment Promotion, the investments to be provided with sub region supports in terms of tax reduction and Social Security Premium (SSP) Support Employer’s Share are as follows:       

Investments to be made in OIZs,       

Integration investments based on sectoral cooperation of firms operating in the same field

Strategic Investments Incentive Scheme

There are two main goals of strategic investment incentive scheme, which are to support production of intermediate and final products with high import dependence with a view to reduce current account deficit and to encourage hightech and high value added investments with a potential of strengthening Turkey’s international competitiveness. Investments meeting four criteria below are supported within the frame of the Strategic Investment Incentive Scheme.

  •          Minimum Investment Amount of TRY 50 million
  •          Domestic Production of the Related Product must be less than the Importation of that Product
  •          Value Added through the Investment must be at least 40%
  •          Related product’s last year’s importation must exceed US $50 million level.

 

In this context, the support rates and duration provided for Istanbul are summarized as follows:

 

 

 

   

 
 
 
   

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08.05Tuesday

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