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R&D insights – no. 4 Welcome to this special post published from our five part mini series – R&D insights – covering key things you should know about Research and Development (R&D) tax credits. What is the cash value of R&D tax credits? Before identifying what the value of R&D tax credits might be to your company, it’s worth noting that the UK Government’s R&D tax...
Research & Development tax credits – A to Z Qualification You can qualify for research and development tax credit if you undertake activities that involve resolving scientific or technological uncertainties to achieve an advance in science and/or technology. Now you might think that you don’t make advances in science or technology. But the advance may be a new or significantly improved...
I have many satisfied clients that have claimed back tens of thousands of pounds in Research and Development Tax Relief and Tax Credit, yet it is the many that don’t take that step that I am concerned with here. Why would a company that qualifies for R&D tax relief not make a claim? If you read this headline would you be ever so slightly interested? “MD’s – find out how to earn £40,000...
One of the common misunderstandings, that I see all the time, is the assumption that because a company is doing development but no real research they don’t qualify for research and development tax credit. This simply is not the case; it is the development aspect of a company’s activities that is often where the R&D qualifying costs are. Plastics example Water bottle production...
There are plenty of misunderstandings about research and development tax credits for software developers – the good news is that many software developers can and should be claiming Research and Development Tax Credits. Complex website designers, games software developers and web application developers should certainly look at claiming research development tax credit for software development...
How you involve your accountant is important – read why that is… When it comes to research and development tax credit, accountants are my best friends although they don’t always get it right. If you are a small company, let’s say with £500k to £20m turnover your accountants will usually be able to advise you about the tax side of your R&D activities, but in many cases cannot help you...
Questions to ask… If you are a business owner and you want to work out if you are doing qualifying R&D, look back on the last three years and ask yourself these questions – has my company invested time or/and money in: Creating, or attempting to create, any innovative new products? Developing new processes for manufacturing or other business processes to gain competitive...
Is your business in assembling control panels or similar systems such as switchboards, to a bespoke design and if so is that research and development? …You might be helping your clients to be more energy efficient by reducing their energy consumption, or improving safety, or modernising their equipment with the latest control devices. You get involved in developing, sometimes quite complex,...
The top fact to keep in mind is that Research and Development Tax Credit is only available to limited companies and there are different schemes for SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) and large companies. The type of costs you can claim for have been defined by HMRC and the key ones are listed below. Qualifying expenditure: Staffing costs including wages, employers’ Class 1 NIC,...
We have put together a graph showing the value of an R&D tax relief or tax credit claim (a tax credit cash payment is made where a company makes a trading loss in the relevant year). It shows the value of an R&D claim based on the following assumptions: You had £50,000 of eligible R&D costs in the year. You pay corporation tax at the standard small companies standard...

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Linda Eziquiel is a Fellow of the Institute for Independent Business and a Principal Consultant at RandDTax (specialists in Research and Development tax credits) – UK co. reg. no. 08160439.

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