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Free CPD resources for R&D tax relief

21st Oct 2022
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There are a handful of free training resources for accountants who need CPD for R&D tax relief. We've pulled together a list to help you find them.

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As we discussed last week, it’s hard to find good CPD training for R&D. Only a few companies offer training, and a lot of courses cover similar ground.

Given the “rinse and repeat” nature of a lot of R&D training, it can be frustrating to pay for several different courses, only to discover that they cover all the same material.

If you’re looking to take some introductory training in R&D for CPD purposes, as you start to prepare claims yourself, we’ve gathered a list of all the free resources we could find, so you can maximise your CPD hours, without wasting money on courses that aren’t teaching you anything new.

If you know of any more courses or resources we can add to this list, please do get in touch at [email protected] 

Free guides and knowledge banks

If you’re happy for your CPD hours to be unverified, you can learn a lot by reading free materials available online.

Forrest Brown have a knowledge bank, aimed at businesses, rather than accountants, which answers a lot of basic questions about R&D tax relief.

You can find free downloadable guides here on AccountingWeb (search “R&D”). 

We also have lots of free resources on The R&D Community website.

Free webinars and training courses

Some R&D consultancies and software providers offer free webinars aimed either at businesses or accountants.

R&D Tax, a consultancy firm, have a free, pre-recorded webinar for accountants and business, which you can watch on their website. It’s called Cash for Creativity: Claiming Back Development Costs With R&D Tax Credits.

WhisperClaims, who provide software for preparing R&D claims, offer a free live webinar called How to prepare legitimate R&D tax claims for your Clients & HMRC. You can find the date of the next one on their website.

We offer a free course, An Introduction to R&D Tax Relief, on our training platform, which is aimed at accountants and advisors preparing claims on behalf of clients. It’s available on demand and includes short videos and assessments so you can test what you’re learning as you go along.

When you’re ready to ‘upgrade’

At a certain point, the free options aren’t going to meet your needs anymore. When that happens, make sure you read up on last week’s post on the 3 options for R&D CPD training for accountants.