The statute for upgrading industries (SUI) applies tax incentive, subsidies and supporting measures to assist companies with industrial and technological activities and the SUI is considered to be one of Taiwan’s key industrial technology policies. In the SUI, Article 6 – investment tax credits for R&D, personnel training and automation activities – receives the highest share of tax credits and is considered to be the most important policy measure. Under such circumstances, the purposes of this paper are twofold. Firstly, this paper analyses the inducement effects of the investment tax credit using the macroeconomic model to examine its economic benefit and cost. Secondly, this paper provides suggestions for the direction adjustment of the investment tax credit policy after exploring Taiwan’s current fiscal condition, theoretical arguments as well as overall economic benefits.
Keywords: automation tax credit, economic impact analysis, industrial, technology policy, investment tax credit, personnel training tax credit, R&D, tax credit, Statute for Upgrading Industries, subsidies, tax incentives