Yair Holtzman

Partner & Leader - R&D Tax Credits Group

Yair Holtzman, CPA, is a partner at Anchin where he is Practice Leader of the firm’s Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credits Group, Life Sciences Industry Group and Chemicals and Energy Industry Group, as well as Co-Practice Leader of the Tax Credits & Incentives Group. He has more than 20 years of experience with national public accounting and management consulting firms focusing on federal tax consulting issues and assisting senior executives with strategy development and implementation. Yair's clients range in size from startup to Fortune 500 companies.

As a result of his in-depth experience and expertise in the R&D area, Yair has helped clients obtain several hundred million dollars in tax credits and incentives. Yair has designed and implemented procedures and technologies for companies to identify and document their R&D costs and activities in the most efficient and effective manner. He has provided sophisticated tax consulting in the areas of Section 41 R&D tax credits planning, section 199 domestic production activities deductions, M&A acquisition cost analysis, and FAS 109 and FIN 48 analysis and compliance.

Yair’s expertise in the R&D area crosses a wide variety of industries, with special emphasis in Chemicals, Life Sciences, and Technology Services. He has helped companies enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their R&D capabilities. In addition, he has helped clients improve operational performance, driving tangible results to the bottom line, by assisting them in the area of process and product development.

A frequent author and speaker on the topics of R&D tax credits, business strategy, strategic new product development, and operations excellence, Yair has been published in trade and technical journals and has spoken in academic and industry settings in the United States, Europe and Asia. He is a CPA in NY, NJ, IL and NH, a member of the AICPA, the NY and NJ State Societies of Public Accountants, and a Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA). He is also a member of The American Chemical Society.

Yair obtained his Bachelor’s Degree with High Honors in Chemistry from Brandeis University, a Master’s Degree in Accounting and Taxation with High Distinction from Hofstra University, a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University with a focus on Operations Management and Manufacturing, and has completed Graduate Studies in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • Research and Development Tax Credit
  • Tax Credits and Incentives
  • Tax Planning and Compliance
  • Tax Provisions
  • Architecture and Engineering
  • Chemicals and Energy
  • Construction
  • Financial Services 
  • Food and Beverage
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing and Distribution
  • Technology


  • Changes to R&D Expensing—Unpleasant Surprise to Taxpayers and Great Opportunity for BipartisanshipMarch 18, 2021
  • INSIGHT: Financing Innovations in Emerging Technologies With R&D Tax CreditsAugust 27, 2020
  • INSIGHT: Taking Another Look at the Foreign-Derived Intangible Income DeductionJuly 24, 2020

    The Foreign-Derived Intangible Income (FDII) income deduction is not the simplest of calculations. Gwayne Lai, Amanda Scott, and Yair Holtzman of Anchin show how some taxpayers can use existing R&D data to get a head start.

  • U.S. Tax Court Reaffirms Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industry’s Right to Claim R&D Tax CreditsJuly 7, 2020

    Taxpayers within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry received a big win from the U.S. Tax Court this past December. The Tax Court’s decision reaffirmed that AEC industry companies contracted by developers or other clients are indeed eligible to claim R&D tax credits for research activities they perform. This has long been a contentious issue between the IRS and AEC Industry taxpayers. Populous Holdings, an architectural design services company, had claimed R&D tax credits on its 2010 and 2011 tax returns totaling nearly $300,000. The IRS disallowed these claims, arguing that the research activities were funded by Populous clients who contracted with the company for its services.    

  • For Companies Retooling to Fight COVID-19, R&D Tax Credits Are Important WeaponsMay 14, 2020

    For many companies, catalyzing successful innovation is already critical to long-term strategy and success. Companies recognize the importance of tax credits and incentives as critical weapons in remaining competitive and harnessing innovation. This R&D tax credit may be increasingly attractive for companies that are redesigning their business processes and/or product innovation in the face of the pandemic.

  • A Tax Credit for COVID-19 InnovationMay 5, 2020

    Manufacturers repurposing production and research to support the relief effort may qualify.

  • What to Know About the Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit and the IRS’ New Compliance CampaignMay 1, 2020

    The R&D tax credit can be a powerful incentive, often providing a hidden source of cash from prior years’ expenses while also serving to significantly reduce current and future years’ federal and state tax liabilities. The R&D tax credit is also a tool for refueling a company’s R&D efforts. Planning ahead by creating an infrastructure that identifies qualifying research activities and collects contemporaneous documentation is essential to reducing future tax liabilities and synthesizing an R&D tax credit that will be sustainable on audit examination. There has been a new development related to this credit. 

  • A different calculationJanuary 28, 2020

    Yair Holtzman and Sharlene Sylvia share insights about how companies can take advantage of the alternative simplified credit with NJBiz.

  • A US tax break Israeli startups can utilizeFebruary 19, 2019

    Many Israeli companies with connections to the United States have benefited extensively from the research and development tax credit, which has recently become significantly more accessible.

  • Meet the Anchin R&D Tax Credits Team: Yair HoltzmanJanuary 29, 2019

    As the Research & Development (“R&D”) Tax Credits Group Practice Leader, I am responsible for the leadership, strategic focus and business performance of the group. In this role, I oversee the R&D group’s growth, vision, diversification and development.

  • What is the R&D Tax Credit?January 29, 2019

    The federal research and development (R&D) tax credit under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 41 was first introduced by Congress in 1981. The purpose of the credit is to incentivize U.S. companies to continue and increase spending on research and development within the U.S.  The R&D tax credit is available to businesses that uncover new, improved, or technologically advanced products, processes, principles, methodologies or materials.  In addition to “revolutionary” activities, in some cases the credit may be available if a company has performed “evolutionary” activities such as investing time, money, and resources toward improving its products and processes.

  • Industry Spotlight – Architecture, Engineering & ConstructionJanuary 29, 2019

    Architecture, engineering, and construction (“AEC”) firms frequently invest substantial resources to advance and improve building designs and processes. When contractors, architecture and engineering professionals develop and design new and innovative techniques, their activities may qualify for the R&D tax credit. As a result of unique project aspects and ever-changing structure and energy codes, many projects that appear similar on the surface are, in fact, at least partially new or improved with respect to function or performance.

  • The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Doesn’t Cut the R&D Tax CreditDecember 27, 2017

    On December 22nd, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“TCJA”) into law, setting the stage for the most sweeping update to the U.S. tax code since 1986 tax reform enacted under President Reagan.  The centerpiece of the TCJA, is a permanent reduction in the corporate tax rate from approximately 35% to 21%. Thankfully, as expected, the final law has preserved the research and development (“R&D”) tax credit, which was made permanent in the Protecting Americans against Tax Hikes (“PATH”) Act of 2015. 

  • U.S. Research and Development Tax CreditOctober 30, 2017

    Yair Holtzman, Leader of Anchin's Research and Development Tax Credits Group, explains how the credit works and shares his findings on the impact of the PATH Act.

  • New Research Credit Directive Provides Safe Harbor for Taxpayers That Expense R&D Costs on Audited Financial StatementsOctober 10, 2017

    The Large Business and International (LB&I) division of the IRS recently released guidance that will allow taxpayers to take advantage of a new safe harbor under which an adjusted amount of their ASC 730 R&D costs can be deemed qualified research expenses (QRE) for the purpose of claiming the Section 41 research tax credit. 

  • New York State Alcoholic Beverage Production CreditAugust 15, 2017

    The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance has expanded the applicability of the Alcoholic Beverage Production tax credit (formerly known as the Beer Production Credit).  For tax years beginning after December 31, 2015, the credit is now available to registered distributors that produce beer, cider, wine and liquor.

  • It’s Not Too Late to Amend Your 2016 Tax Return for the R&D Tax CreditJuly 5, 2017

    Recently, the IRS issued interim guidance on how eligible small businesses can benefit from a new provision that enables them to apply their Section 41, Research and Development tax credit against their payroll tax liability instead of their income tax liability, allowing qualified companies to start using the credits before becoming profitable. 

  • New Jersey Angel Investor Tax CreditMay 24, 2017

    New Jersey has amended and expanded the rules for claiming the Angel Investor Tax Credit. The Angel Investor Tax Credit provides for a tax credit equal to ten percent (10%) of the qualified investment made by a taxpayer in a New Jersey emerging technology business.

  • Tax Credits Clarity Provides Great Opportunity for Businesses Regarding Internal Use SoftwareOctober 7, 2016

    On October 3rd, 2016, the Treasury and IRS released final regulations regarding Internal Use Software (“IUS”) expenditures as related to the Section 41 Research & Development (“R&D”) tax credit.

  • Is a U.S. ‘Patent Box’ a Good Idea?May 19, 2016

    Yair Holtzman, Practice Leader of Anchin's Research and Development Tax Credits Group, Life Sciences Industry Group and Chemicals and Energy Industry Group, shares his thoughts on the proposed "patent box" regime.

  • Assessing Section 199 and IRS Released Proposed Regulations to Determine Deduction EligibilityApril 14, 2016

    Designed to protect jobs in the United States manufacturing and related sectors, Section 199, also known as the Domestic Production Activities Deduction ("DPAD"), allows a deduction equal to 9% of the lesser of a taxpayer’s Qualified Production Activities Income ("QPAI") or its taxable income.

  • IRS Emphasizes the Need for Compliance When Claiming Tax CreditsApril 12, 2016

    This past February, the IRS released its annual "Dirty Dozen" list of warning alerts for 2016 filing season. The Dirty Dozen includes a variety of common scams taxpayers may encounter at any time during the year.

  • Permanent R&D Tax Credit - A Perfect Fit for U.S. Businesses in the Apparel IndustryJanuary 20, 2016

    On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH) of 2015.

  • Permanent R&D Tax Credit - A Game Changer for U.S. Businesses in the Food and Beverage IndustryJanuary 12, 2016

    On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH) of 2015.

  • Permanent R&D Tax Credit a ‘Game Changer’: ExpertDecember 23, 2015

    Christmas came early this year for finance chiefs hoping a permanent research and development tax credit would get President Barack Obama’s signature.

  • Permanent R&D Tax Credit A Game Changer for America’s BusinessesDecember 21, 2015

    On December 18, 2015, President Obama signed into law The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act (PATH) of 2015.

  • New York City-Corporate Income, Miscellaneous Taxes: Authorization for Biotechnology Credit Extended for Three YearsOctober 7, 2015

    The Biotechnology Tax Credit allows qualified emerging technology companies (QETCs) specializing in biotechnology to claim a tax credit against the General Corporation Tax and Unincorporated Business Tax for amounts paid or incurred for certain expenses in New York City.

  • The R&D Tax Credit — A Catalyst For Life Sciences InnovationFebruary 25, 2015

    For companies in net loss positions, the R&D credit can be carried back one year and carried forward for 20 years until it can be used. In addition, similar credits and other incentives are offered by 38 states, six of which offer refundable credits to attract new jobs and industries to the region.

  • The Agricultural Chemicals Security Credit has expired, but is opportunity still knocking?February 18, 2015

    The Agricultural Chemicals Security Credit was applicable to eligible expenditures incurred after May 22, 2008 and before January 1, 2013.

  • Court Case Impacts Eligibility of Capped Contracts for R&D Tax CreditsFebruary 16, 2015

    On January 29, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit affirmed a federal district court’s decision in Geosyntec Consultants, Inc. v. United States, No. 14-11107, disallowing the R&D tax credit for research expenditures linked to capped contracts.

  • Proposed Regulations Provide Clarity and Guidance Related to Computer Software as it Applies to the R&D Tax CreditJanuary 26, 2015

    On January 16, the Treasury and IRS released proposed regulations (REG-153656-03) regarding internal use software ("IUS") expenditures as related to the Section 41 Research & Development ("R&D") tax credit. The proposed regulations contain several important changes related to claiming the R&D tax credit for IUS expenditures.

  • Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP Adds Three to PartnershipOctober 1, 2014

    Anchin, Block & Anchin LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Tamir Dardashtian (Principal), Yair Holtzman (Partner) and Christopher Noble (Partner) to the partnership, as of October 1, 2014. With these additions, Anchin has a roster of 54 partners and principals who provide creative, proactive advisory services to clients representing all of the major industries represented in the tri-state area.


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