Here's what you need to know

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In a nutshell

What is R&D?

R&D tax credits are designed to support businesses that work on innovative projects across all sectors. They’re intended to encourage innovation and they can provide a valuable cash injection for business owners to reinvest in their businesses.

We come across many businesses that don’t realise they qualify for R&D tax credits, or they’re not claiming their full entitlement. R&D tax credits are only available for limited companies. If you’re claiming R&D tax credits, you must be able to demonstrate:

Advances in the field

Rather than stating the product, process or functionality being developed, consider what scientific or technological advance is being sought. This focuses attention on the project’s aim for an advance. If your company is taking a risk by innovating, improving, or developing a process, product, or service, then it could qualify.

Encountered uncertainty

If you can show that your project goes beyond applying existing technologies, you could qualify. Remember even if the scientific uncertainties weren’t overcome, it can still mean that the work to address the uncertainties can still qualify for R&D tax credits.


The project must contain a level of technological or scientific uncertainty for a competent professional in your industry or business. If you or your team faced questions that left you all working hard to find a solution, that’s a good indication that qualifying R&D activities were taking place.

What costs qualify
What’s included in a claim?

Direct and externally provided staff, subcontracted R&D, consumables, software, trials, prototyping and independent research costs may all qualify for R&D tax relief. Here’s some more detail:



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