19 July 2019
As the name suggests R&D Tax Credits are a government incentive to encourage companies across the UK to invest in research and development.
In this article we’ll cover scheme benefits, business eligibility and qualifying costs.
What Are the Benefits of R&D Tax Credits?
With R&D Tax Credits the initial cash benefit can help ease the pressure on working capital requirements.
Beyond this, the tax relief works in different ways depending on your business:
For profitable SMEs tax relief for research and development is delivered in the form of an enhanced deduction from taxable profits. This is applied at a rate of 130% for qualifying expenditure.
In contrast, loss making SMEs can surrender all or part of their loss to HMRC for a 14.5% repayable tax credit.
Who Is Eligible for R&D Tax Credits?
If you invest in developing products, processes or services then you may be eligible for R&D tax relief.
However, to be eligible you must:
What Costs Qualify for R&D Tax Credits?
It’s possible to claim research and development tax credits for day-to-day operational costs (classed as revenue expenditure). This can include staffing costs, software and consumables.
However, it isn’t usually possible to claim tax credits for capital expenditure costs i.e. those associated with fixed assets such as land and buildings.
For more information on tax relief specifics head to the gov.uk website. Alternatively, if you’d like to discuss R&D Tax Credits with one of our business advisors don’t hesitate to get in touch.
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