R&D Tax Credits - Software & IT
We rely on software and IT more than we ever have done before, which is why a growing number of businesses are focusing on researching, developing and implementing exciting new projects. R&D tax credits for software and IT are there to support businesses in the industry that are focusing on innovation by reducing the cost of corporation tax.Speak to us
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R&D Tax Claim for Software & IT
It’s hard to imagine where we would be without software and IT developments, and innovation has played a big part in where we are today.
Of course, this isn’t going to change anytime soon, and innovation is something that a lot of software and IT businesses are focusing on. Some businesses are researching the impact of AI, whereas others are developing more efficient ways of completing business processes, and many are creating automation software. When it comes to software and IT, the sky really is the limit. Regardless of what your business is doing, you could be entitled to claim R&D tax relief for software and IT.
At RDS, we work on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis, meaning that you can claim R&D tax credits in a way that is completely free from risk. We are here to help you establish your eligibility, to guide you through the process and to finalise your successful claim.
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Use our handy R&D tax relief calculator to find out how much you could be claiming back.R&D Calculator
What activities qualify?
Please find below some examples of activities that qualify as R&D expenditure in software and IT.
Developing AI, machine learning, AR or VR systems.
Creating new encryption or security methods and techniques.
Improving wireless network capabilities and compatibility.
Developing algorithms, especially in data analysis.
Integrating previously separate data systems.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
Our Claim Process
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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.