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R&D tax credits
What are R&D tax credits?
In the UK companies are able to claim tax relief for their R&D activity. These government schemes are designed to boost innovation by supporting businesses who seek to improve or overcome challenges or uncertainties in their products and processes. The scheme is administered by HMRC.
Large or small – there’s an R&D tax solution for your company.
If you are not sure which R&D tax credit scheme to use?
There are different types of R&D relief. Deciding which scheme to use is largely dependent on the size of your business, but there are other factors that need to be taken into account.
To find out which scheme is the best fit for your business*, start by answering the following questions:
Talk to us about which R&D tax relief scheme will work for you
Even though your business is probably classified as an SME we have identified some reasons why you might not be eligible for the SME R&D scheme. However, you may well be able to claim through the RDEC scheme instead.
*If your business has external investors this can affect your SME status. You may need to include the figures of connected companies and partner companies when you work out if your business is an SME and decide which scheme is best for you. If you are in doubt then speak to us and we’ll run through the numbers with you.
Why choose GovGrant?
We match you with an industry, commercial or technical expert that best suits your business. Irrespective of size and complexity, we will find the right technical expert who can add the most value to your claim.
We work alongside your accountant to complement their skills so there is no conflict. Your relationship with your accountant won’t be adversely affected.
In the UK companies are able to claim tax relief for their R&D activity. The schemes, for SMEs and larger companies, are both administered by HMRC. Typically SMEs get back up to 33% of the amount they’ve spent on qualifying R&D. RDEC qualifying companies could get more than 10% of their R&D spending refunded.
You can claim R&D relief by entering the total qualifying expenditure on the full Company Tax Return form, CT600. Tax relief is given as either a reduction in the tax liability or, if the company is in losses, a refundable tax credit payable as cash on the amount of qualifying R&D expenditure.
For tax purposes, R&D takes place when a project seeks to achieve an advance in overall knowledge or capability in a field of science or technology.
You can claim against certain costs that are allowable for tax purposes on the project including:
- Employment costs to the company including salaries, bonuses, some reimbursed costs, employers Class 1 National Insurance contributions, employers pension fund contributions
- Subcontractor costs (certain restrictions apply if you are claiming under the RDEC scheme)
- Externally Provided Workers (EPWs)
- Software (revenue costs)
- Consumable items including materials and utilities like light and heat
- Clinical trials volunteers in the pharmaceutical industry
R&D tax relief may reduce your company’s tax bill if your company is liable for corporation tax or, if you make a loss, you may be able to surrender this loss and claim a tax credit. The R&D schemes enables companies with no corporation tax liability to benefit through a cash payment or a reduction of tax.
Find out more about R&D tax relief in your sector
Our experts are business people first and GovGrant has access to a full range of industry experts across the country. Examples of how R&D tax relief applies in different industry sectors are outlined below:
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The Patent Box is closely linked with R&D tax relief and a company can often claim tax relief under both schemes.
GovGrant can offer you advice to maximise your claims across both schemes. Find out more about our IP services including Patent Box.
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