More of a comment to elicit a response or feedback...
I seem to be in constant dialogue with clients who have been contacted by R&D consultants suggesting that they can make R&D claims.
I think we all know that the process of making a claim is easy - amend the return and a week later, money is in the account. We could all do that but the validity of the claim is not questioned at that point and I believe this is what those pushing these schemes are relying on, especially as they are taking a cut of the refund.
I believe the system is being widely abused and claims are being made where there is no great justification to do so. This is exacerbated by HMRC not having the skills or resouces to enquire and thus the automated system is by and large just churning out money. It's therefore a difficult conversation to have with a client who has been promised refunds by the "expert" whilst often selling their services on the basis that "we are specialists in this field which is why your acocuntant hasn't done it".
I have seen some frankly ludicrous claims that no way qualify but weaknesses in the system are allowing them through. It can only be a matter of time before HMRC catch on but in the meantime, it continues to be a frustration to me.
Today's R&D claims are yesterdays Capital Allowance claims and EBT schemes...or am I just being cynical?