On January 1st, 2020, the Good Landlord Tax Credit came into effect as a result of COVID-19. 



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Inception date: 23 Mar 2020 | Removal date: 16 Mar 2021

Tax or social insurance relief

On January 1st, 2020, the Republic of Korea announced a tax concession entitled the Good Landlord Tax Credit ("착한 임대인 세액공제" in Korean) to commercial landlords with tenants running small and medium businesses. The tax law will be implemented on March 23rd, 2020. 

The objective of the tax concession is to provide an incentive for commercial renters to lower their rental prices and help SMEs as a result of COVID-19. In return, they will receive a tax credit of 50% of what they diminish their rent price by. The incentive to reduce the rent is voluntary in nature. 

The tax credit scheme will run through June 30th, 2020. 

The tax credit scheme is one of the many measures the Korean Government has implemented to combat the negative impact of COVID-19 government restrictions on businesses. Please, see related state acts.


On December 30th, 2020, the Minister for SMEs and Startups confirmed that the tax credit scheme had been extended from June 2020 to June 30th, 2021. 


On March 16th, 2021, the Korean National Tax Service extended the tax law until December 31st, 2021. They also declared that the tax credit would increase from 50% of rent deducted to 70%. Please, see related state acts.