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Why R&D tax credits could be a big deal for your business

Why R&D tax credits could be a big deal for your business

There are 2 business tax questions that clients ask me about all the time: R&D tax credits and changes to IR35. In this post, I'm going to summarise the tax changes and huge opportunities around R&D. I'll take a look at IR35 soon.


If you do R&D in your business, you could benefit from some significant tax breaks.  

For example, did you know that HMRC provide qualifying clients up to 33p for every £1 spent on R&D? 

You may also be interested to know that our record R&D claim for a year to date is a £454k cash injection from HMRC. Imagine that happening in your business!

So, if you are not claiming, you may be missing out.

R&D: Did you know?

Here are a couple of points about R&D tax credits which you should know:

1. HMRC are putting a cap on R&D claims.
he R&D cap will be up to 3 times PAYE & NIC liability. This could have a big impact on the amount a business can claim which would impact cash flow.

If you weren't aware of this, it would be wise to review of your R&D position with your tax advisor soon, so a plan can be put in place. The cap comes into play into April 2020.

2. R&D grants are also available
If your business does R&D, did you also know that there are grants available from places like Innovate UK and Horizon 2020? Grant funding between £25k and £10m is available.

Find out more via this Government site:

If you have never considered this before and would like help with your grant application, do let me know.

Next steps

* READ: Here is a helpful short guide from HMRC that explains more about R&D tax credits

* REVIEW: The R&D rules are changing in April 2020, so now is a good time to review your R&D tax situation

* ASK ME A QUESTION: If you would like to discuss any aspect of your R&D tax situation, I'm here to help. You will be surprised what can qualify for R&D - I have successfully made claims in all kinds of sectors you would not normally associate with R&D such as HR companies, recruitment firms and furniture shops, to name a few.

You can email me on or call me on (01865) 261100

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Ian Timms

Ian Timms

Ian is a Partner and the Head of Business Tax at Critchleys LLP.