We recognize the role research and development (R&D) plays in the success of our clients’ businesses, and we strive to ensure that our clients develop and implement a strategy that enables them to receive the financial benefit they deserve along with the sustainability they need. Correctly calculating your research credits is critical because they can be used to lower your company’s effective tax rate. For companies in net loss positions, the federal R&D credit may be carried back one year and carried forward for 20 years until it can be used.
The key to obtaining R&D tax credits is distinguishing between qualified and nonqualified research activities and expenses. The distinction often is subjective, and may be based on how a company’s accounting and project management systems allocate activities and expenses. As a result, many allowable expenses can be overlooked by taxpayers. Our R&D team is skilled in reviewing such systems and redesigning them to better capture qualified expenses.
There are currently two available methods for calculating the federal R&D tax credit. The traditional or “regular” method relies on a base period of expenses and gross receipts from the mid-1980s which can prove cumbersome to many companies. The more recently introduced Alternative Simplified Credit (ASC) method has become popular because it only requires examination of expenses in the credit year and for the prior three years. Qualified Research Expenses (QREs) include a percentage of employee wages, supplies used in development or testing, and a portion of product or process development consulting fees.
The regular credit is computed by measuring qualified expenses as a percentage of a business’s gross receipts and a higher percentage is applied to qualifying expenses than with the ASC method. Thus, if a business is increasing its QREs as a percentage of gross receipts measured against a historic period, it will likely be eligible for the regular credit, but the recordkeeping requirements can be onerous and may make the ASC method more attractive despite the difference in the applied percentage. The ASC is a less burdensome methodology to compute the research credit. Generally, the credit is equal to 9.1% of a business’ increase in QREs in the current year over 50% of average QREs in the prior three years.
Once we determine which method is most advantageous for your business, we assist in designing custom reports that identify the documentation needed to substantiate your company’s R&D claim.
Anchin’s objective for delivering substantiated studies involves exploring all potential areas of opportunity including new project design; design improvements; process or technique development or improvements; review of IT systems; design of software systems specifically designed for research; review of cross-functional process improvement; and data collection activities.
In addition to the Federal R&D tax credit, similar credits and other incentives are offered by most US states to attract new jobs and industries into their region. In most cases, the rules for calculating state R&D tax credits follow the federal rules closely. With minimal additional effort, Anchin’s professional R&D team can identify and calculate applicable state research credits. These additional state credits and incentives may lower your effective tax rate further while also providing increased cash flow.
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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.
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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.
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