Can I do a type of survey and ask what people who are dealing with R&D tax claims for client companies are classing as R&D activities? There are quite a few consultants 'selling' R&D claims work at around 18% of the tax reclaimed (I think) and they sometimes have a broader definition of what is R&D activities are than I had thought.
Can I ask what people think of the following scenarios (some real and some not):
- An engineering company that receives drawings from clients and translates those drawings into a piece of equipment to go into a customer's premises. Each piece of equipment is bespoke for the particular space available. R&D? There is a risk that it can't be done for a particular space.
- A soap company that invents new formulas and fragrances, slightly unique in the World as far as they are aware? R&D for the development stage?
- A food manufacturer developing health or allergy recipes, again slightly unique in the World as far as they can tell. Likewise R&D for the development?
- Accountants or financial advisor or insurance broker (or whatever) that try to devise a more steamlined way of doing something or other, using existing technology (sodtware or apps). R&D?
- A builder who tries to improve the housebuilding process by tweaking something (maybe gluing something instead of nailing it or something, having tested the strength using technology). R&D?
- A kitchen retailer who uses design software to plan out a kitchen. Again unique for the particular space in the house (unless it's a housing estate to the same design). R&D?
- Web design company designing websites, not using the same template every time, but using Wordpress. R&D every website?
Any other scenarios that you can think of that are R&D and fairly commonplace?
Can I also ask, do you charge for R&D services on a percentage basis or a fixed fee (or time taken maybe)?