The government introduced R&D Tax Credits to reward companies that innovate, recognising that achieving a competitive advantage is an expensive business.
A successful claim for research and development relief can be a vital boost to an SME's cash-flow and can be claimed against employee costs, staff provider costs, physical materials, software, and some utilities.
Many business owners however are missing out simply because they don't realise that they are eligible. We regularly help clients to reduce their tax bill by making successful applications for R&D tax relief – and it isn't just something for scientists and high-tech researchers.
If you are spending money on new products, processes or services or can demonstrate that you have substantively improved an existing solution then you could be eligible for tax relief of 225% on your expenditure on research and development. In other words, for each £100 of qualifying costs, your corporation tax profits could be reduced by an additional £125 on top of the £100 spent on the R&D.
In 2014, the Chancellor announced an increase in the rate of R&D tax credit payable to loss-making SMEs from 11% to 14.5%.
This means that a business spending £100,000 on research and development activity will be able to recover £32,625 from HMRC.
This change seems to be firmly aimed at innovative, early stage and small companies that are yet to see a payback from their research and development activities, as part of the Government's aim to reward the 'makers and the doers'.