Israel's new Angels Law - Introduction
In a bold move to bolster its standing as a global high-tech hub, Israel
recently introduced the revamped Angels Law, packed with enticing tax incentives to attract investors into its burgeoning tech sector.
The legislation, effective until the end of 2026, is a strategic successor to the original Angels Law that concluded its run in 2019.
This reinvigorated legal framework seeks to accelerate investment in Israeli high-tech startups while offering an array of tax benefits that promise to reshape the landscape of tech investments.
In order to ignite investment in high-tech startups under specific criteria, the new Angels Law delivers a tax credit as a carrot to investors who put their money into Israeli high-tech startups.
This credit is calculated by multiplying the investment amount by Israel's applicable capital gains tax rate – a tax credit that mirrors what would have been levied had the investor sold their allocated shares within the same tax year of investment.
This is a game-changer that empowers investors to recoup a portion of their investment costs swiftly, thus paving the way for lower entry barriers to high-tech startups.
However, there's a cap of ILS 4 million for this tax credit, and unused credit can be carried forward to future tax years.
Deducting Investment from Capital Gains
The Angels Law introduces the concept of deducting investments in Israeli high-tech startups from capital gains realized through the sale of shares in other high-tech companies.
For this benefit to kick in, the investment must be made within 12 months before or 4 months after the shares' sale.
By allowing investors to trim their capital gains with the investment amount, this provision optimizes the tax landscape for experienced investors, fostering a nurturing environment for their invaluable business acumen.
Deduction of Acquisition Costs
In an innovative twist, the Angels Law permits an Israeli high-tech company that acquires control over another local or foreign high-tech entity with a "beneficial intangible asset" to deduct the purchase cost from its "preferred technological income."
This deduction can be claimed over five years, post-acquisition.
This shift empowers companies to manage their profitability during the early stages post-acquisition, giving time for strategic investments to mature.
Tax Exemption on Interest Income
Large Israeli high-tech firms often look to foreign financial institutions for funding due to restricted domestic financing options.
The new Angels Law aims to ease this burden by granting foreign financial institutions tax exemption on interest income generated from loans extended to Israeli high-tech firms.
This exemption aims to reduce the financial strain on tech firms, facilitating smoother access to essential funding from global sources.
Israel's new Angels Law - Conclusion
With the clock ticking until the Angels Law's expiration at the close of 2026, the window of opportunity for both local and foreign investors to capitalize on these lucrative tax benefits is a limited one.
Israel's high-tech sector is now primed for an influx of investments, as startups and established tech giants alike stand to gain from these enticing incentives.
As the world watches, Israel is poised to maintain its reputation as a tech powerhouse with innovation-friendly policies that will reverberate throughout the global investment landscape.
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