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Shared services centres have been recently added to the investment incentives schemes. In the past, they were mainly supported through the EU structural funds, in particular the ICT programme.

Who is the scheme intended for?

Investment incentives can be obtained by companies, regardless of their size, operating in the field of shared service centres (accounting, HR, data centres, helpdesk, etc.), software-development centres, or high-tech repair centres. Foreign companies looking to establish a subsidiary in the Czech Republic can also benefit from these incentives.

Forms of investment incentives available

  • corporate income-tax relief for up to 10 years
  • subsidy for training and retraining of employees at a rate of 25% of the eligible training expenses
  • site support (transferring of public land at a favourable price)
  • job-creation cash grant of CZK 50 000 per employee (selected regions only)

Eligibility criteria

  • The project must be implemented in the Czech Republic, outside the territory of the capital city of Prague.
  • Shared services centres must have a substantial international focus, i.e., provide services to at least 3 countries.
  • The recipient must create a minimum of:
    • 40 newly created jobs in the case of software development centres
    • 100 newly created jobs in the case of shared service centres and high-tech repair centres
  • The applicant may not commence work on the project prior to issuance of the confirmation of project registration by CzechInvest.
  • The corporate income-tax relief can be utilised after all the statutory conditions have been fulfilled, i.e., after the creation of required number of new jobs.
  • The beneficiary of investment incentives must fulfil all the conditions no later than three years after the date on which the incentives are granted (i.e., by the issuance of the Decision to Grant Investment Incentives), and the investment must be retained for at least five years from the completion of the whole investment