R&D Relief For UK Businesses
The UK government offers tax relief for companies investing in Research and Development (R&D). The R&D Tax Credit scheme is designed to encourage R&D spend in innovation and help businesses grow. R&D projects are not only helping businesses thrive by receiving this incentive, but also improving science or technology, along with efficiency for their sector. This blog post will discuss what sectors qualify for R&D Tax Credits and give some examples of qualifying R&D activities where companies can claim.
Sectors That Qualify:
The R&D Tax Credit scheme covers most sectors of the economy. The main sectors that qualify for a tax credit claim include:
-manufacturing: This sector includes companies that make products from raw materials, including pharmaceuticals, cars and aircraft.
-engineering: This sector includes companies that design and build products, including software development.
-information technology: This sector includes companies that develop and sell software, hardware and telecoms products.
-software development: This sector includes companies that develop and sell software products.
-biotech and pharmaceuticals: This sector includes companies that research and develop new drugs and treatments.
-agriculture: This sector includes companies that develop new crops and farming methods.
-energy: This sector includes companies that develop new energy sources and technologies.
-construction: This sector includes companies that develop new construction methods and materials.
Why do these sectors qualify?
The main reason these sectors qualify for R&D Tax Credits is that they involve innovative activities. This could be developing new products, processes or services, or improving an existing product, process or service. The qualifying research and development expenditure can be carried out in the UK or abroad.
Qualifying R&D expenditure can include:
-Developing new products or processes
-Improving existing products or processes
-Developing software or IT systems
-Research into new applications for existing technology
-Designing products or processes to meet specific requirements
-Testing new products or processes
-Developing quality control procedures
Examples of Qualifying Activities:
Here are some examples of activities that may be accepted as qualifying costs.
-Researching and developing a new drug formula
-Designing a new product, such as a car or a piece of furniture
-Developing software for a new business process
-Creating a new production line for manufacturing a particular product
Claim R&D Tax Credits Through The RDEC Or SME Scheme Today
In conclusion, most sectors of the economy can qualify for R&D Tax Credits. The main criterion is that the activities involve innovation and introduce something new to their sector that hasn’t been discovered before. If you are not sure whether your activities qualify, please get in touch and a member of our team can help explore your projects. You could be eligible for a large cash payment or tax reduction from R&D or grant funding without even knowing.