Making an R&D Claim

The importance of R&D credits

The ways in which organisations adapt to the changing economic environment may be innovative, creative, or technologically driven. All have an element of Research & Development.

Statistically, we have proven that claims made by a specialist in this area are twice as large as those awarded to a non-specialist advisor.

How we can work with you

Our team can identify all types of claims, e.g., if your organisation is:

  • completely changing its production to meet NHS shortages
  • delivering high demand products
  • having to reconfigure production lines or manufacturing methods to accommodate social distancing and supply chain shortages
  • having to improve its digital and logistics offerings to adapt to quickly changing shopping habits
  • implementing systems to manage cybersecurity or new IT systems
  • manufacturing new tests, vaccines, or medicines


Different R&D credit regimes

There are two R&D credit regimes, which both share the same definition of what qualifies as R&D.

SME R&D relief

This is for companies that have less than 500 employees and turnover less than €100m or a balance sheet less than €86m). Those companies get a super tax deduction for their R&D at 230% for every £1 spent, and losses generated by R&D tax credits can be surrendered to HMRC for cash at a rate of 14.5%.

Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC)

This is a direct contribution of 13% from the Government more akin to a grant than tax relief and can be repaid if the claimant is loss-making. The extra benefit of RDEC is that it is booked as a reduction in operating costs, not tax and thus also helps to improve underlying profitability.


Capital expenditure

In addition to the R&D credit regimes, capital spend on R&D can also qualify for 100% capital allowances, and where the research gives rise to a patent, future profits attributable to that patent are effectively taxed at 10%.

Each of these reliefs and incentives has a two-year claim window, so if you have implemented R&D in the current financial year, you can revisit the position for the last two accounting periods too. All R&D incentives give rise to cash tax savings, and in some cases, actual cashback, so are invaluable in these unusual times.


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If you would like to find out more about R&D Tax Credits and the eligibility criteria, please get in touch through the link below.

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