R&D Tax Credits - Science & Medicine
It’s an exciting time in the world of science and medicine, with advancements being made regularly and impressive technology making its way to the frontline. This is why R&D in science and medicine is so important, and it’s a form of tax relief that a lot of businesses in the industry are claiming.Speak to us
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R&D Tax Claim for Science & Medicine
Research and development is a huge part of science and medicine, and it’s something that a growing number of businesses are embracing.
It’s how medical advancements and scientific breakthroughs are made, and it’s the driving force behind a range of exciting new technologies being utilised. R&D tax credits are there to encourage this type of innovation in the science and medicine industry, and your business could be eligible. If your business is carrying out research or development in the science and medicine sector, you could be eligible for R&D tax credits.
If you haven’t claimed R&D tax relief before, you might be wondering if you are entitled to do so and where to start. This is where our helpful team of R&D experts comes in. At RDS, we are on hand to help eligible science and medicine businesses successfully claim R&D tax credits.
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What activities qualify?
Please find below some examples of activities that qualify as R&D expenditure in science and medicine.
Pharmaceutical research and development into drug discovery.
Research, testing and clinical trials for new or improved medicines, treatments and therapies.
Developing new medical devices, instruments and diagnostic equipment.
Improving existing medical devices, instruments and diagnostic equipment for increased precision, sensitivity or range.
Improving manufacturing equipment, materials and packaging of products for greater shelf life, safety, efficiency or reduced costs.Learn more
What can you claim?
Please find below what you can include in your R&D tax relief claim.
Staff costs including salaries and expenses.
Subcontractor and freelancer costs.
Consumables (materials used up during R&D and utilities).
Software directly employed in the R&D activity.
Travel and subsistence expenses.Learn more
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Frequently asked questions
Below are some of the most frequently asked questions we get regarding making an R&D tax relief claim. If you have any more questions please contact our team.
R&D tax credits is an incentive where UK limited companies can receive a reduction or rebate on their CT for funds spent on eligible R&D activities. This incentive was established by the government in 2000 and has continued to support businesses of all sizes and sectors to grow.
No, you do not need to create a new product to qualify for R&D tax credits. For instance, you can make significant advancement or appreciable improvement to existing machinery, in a manner that promotes efficiencies within your sector.
Yes, you can claim for unsuccessful projects if you can demonstrate that an advancement was sought, and you attempted to overcome the ‘uncertainties’ you faced during your research and development endeavours.
No, we do not bill you until you receive your benefit from HMRC. The relationship we build with our clients is based on the principles of trust and transparency. Therefore, the benefit is paid directly to you before you pay us for the services rendered.
For many firms, the prospect of R&D can seem daunting and extremely complex at first, therefore RDS aim to make the process as simple and straightforward from the onset.
Step 1: A 15-minute conversation with the Business Development Team, to discuss eligibility.
Step 2: Signing of the NDA/ client agreement, dictating the terms and conditions of our service.
Step 3: Arranging and undertaking a Project Technical Report call with your dedicated financial analyst. This will entail evidencing your developmental endeavours and apportioning financial calculations to support your application with HMRC.
Step 4: Reviewing compiled information to ensure you are completely satisfied with the information collated prior to its submission to HMRC.
Step 5: We actively monitor the status of the application to ensure that any benefit is realised within the anticipated timeframe.
HMRC aim to process payable credit claims within 28 days of receiving them. However, processing time can be affected by aspects such as, time of the year. There is a general increase in demand for months like March and December.