Every business owner out there is looking for ways they can cut on cost and improve on the returns they are making annually. Taxes make up the wider business environment, you have to pay your taxes if you are to continue running in peace. SMEs and mid-sized business in most cases tend to misinterpret and overlook the research and development tax credit which should not be the case.
It’s about time you changed how you approached research and development tax credit because your business could be missing out on some very valuable influx of cash that should find its way back to you inform of refunds. For the longest time I have been a popular belief that research and development tax credit is only available to people that have onsite laboratories.
Business owners need to understand that research and development credit tax is meant to reward the effort that has been put to make products better, it exists in many different industries. However, before you jump in, it’s good for you to understand the code language used and what it means in relation to qualifying activity. Research development that you are funding on your own or one that is being funded by a third-party but on behalf of other taxpayers both qualify for research and development credit.
For research also to qualify it needs some four distinct elements. One component is a permitted purpose where the activity’s aim should be to create or improve reliability, quality or functionality of the business purpose. The business component could range from a product, technique, formula and even a software. The taxpayer should have intentions to sell, lease, license or use in their trade or business the business component.
The second element is the elimination of uncertainty that stipulates that the taxpayer needs to come up with information that will erase all uncertainty concerning the business a component being developed or improved. The element of the process of experimentation stipulates that the taxpayer needs to have systematic methods that will assess the different alternatives that will be used in arriving at results.
The last component will be the technological nature of the activity, this will, however, depend on what the business component is, it needs to be either physical, biological, engineering or based on computer science. The taxpayer needs to make use of the existing principles of science to fulfill his requirement. If you are operating on higher scale and performance, qualifying will be a bit easier as you will likely be facing a lot of challenges in the process of developing business component or making an existing one better.