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R&D Tax credits

R&D Tax credits


Over the last year we have spent a lot of time and money developing our own workflow management system and CRM processes for the Contractor and Consultant market. The work is mostly time rather than external expenses. I estimate maybe £15k, far too small to go to one of the specialist consultants but worthwhile for us. The IT is very different to what is out there already so I think ticks the new and innovative box. Has anyone come across any kind of guide on how to do this as our only exposure is through the specialists and for there to be specialists you would think it must be complex - you don't know what you don't know.




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04th Mar 2016 10:58

Just write up an explanation why you think it qualifies and send it to for R&D advance assurance. It should only take a couple of hours to write up your reasons and costs. I think you may have a hard time convincing them there is nothing you can buy off the shelf - it's a fairly saturated market - but if you do get the nod then you'll be fine.

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04th Mar 2016 15:53

Advanced clearance

As Tim has rightly pointed out the process has recently been made much more attractive due to advanced clearance now being granted.

The checklist to include in your explanation should be:

1.       What was the scientific or technological advancement?

2.       What were the key scientific or technological uncertainties?

3.       How and when were the uncertainties overcome?

4.       Why was the knowledge being sought not readily deducible by a competent professional?

5.       Allowable costs incurred? 

Hope this helps.


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