R&D Tax Credits
The research and development (R&D) tax credit enacted in 1981 is a benefit that most businesses tend to overlook.
Recent regulations make it easier for a wide range of companies to qualify for the credit. R&D tax credits do not require an onsite lab nor do you need to be a hi-tech company to qualify. Companies may qualify for the R&D tax credit if they develop, evaluate, test, or improve any of the following:
If you are in one of the following industries, you may be entitled to the R&D tax credit:
- Government Contracting
- Engineering Services
- Architectural Firms
- Financial Services
- Wineries and Breweries
- Food Sciences
- Medical Devices
- Pharmaceuticals and Nutritional Supplements
- Software Development
A company may qualify if it has invested time, money, and resources toward the advancement and improvement of products and processes. At the federal level, R&D tax credit rules allow eligible taxpayers to “look back” to all open tax years (typically three years plus the current year) for potential R&D tax credits that were never claimed.
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Benefits of the R&D tax credit include, among others:
- Dollar for dollar reduction in your tax liability
- Increased cash flow
- Increased earnings per share