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What are R&D tax credits?

Research and Development tax credits generate cash resources for companies via the corporation tax system. Additional cash funds are made available through corporation tax savings, receiving cash payments from HMRC or a combination of both.
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Why do R&D tax credits exist?

R&D tax credits are a form of tax relief, the purpose of which is to cultivate scientific and technological brilliance, boosting the UK's competitive advantage and ultimately fueling economic growth.

How to know if your company is eligible for R&D tax credits


Your work will be undertaken within a UK trading company within the scope of UK corporation tax self assessment.


Your company is creating or making changes to products, materials, devices, processes or services.


You will be founding something that doesn't exist, improving what does exist or duplicating something in a different way.

Problem solving

Your company is looking to find solutions to challenges that have not yet been solved by your industry.


Your project explores the application of scientific or technological principles relevant to your industry.

Financial outlay

Your company must have incurred costs to fund the activities assisting with problem solving.

Which R&D tax credit scheme applies?

Figuring out your tax credit scheme depends on lots of different factors.
The size of your organisation (headcount, turnover and gross assets based tests)
The influence of other organisations
The company's accounting period
How your R&D project came about
Financial contributions or payments that might cover your qualifying R&D expenditure

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