If you operate a manufacturing business and you’ve recently developed new or improved products or processes, then there is a strong chance that you could benefit from a Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit claim.
Whilst R&D may sound like complex tax relief, only available for scientists who are pursuing ground-breaking developments. It is also available to so many other businesses that are improving existing products, developing new ones, or improving processes.
Almost every business will be doing some sort of activity that meets the criteria for claiming the incentives. But sadly, a lot of these businesses are missing out, either completely by making no claim at all, or in part, by not including everything they can. And with up to 33.35% cashback available on qualifying R&D spend, that’s criminal!
R&D TAX CREDITS FOR MANUFACTURING EXPLAINED
R&D in manufacturing most commonly relates to the development of products or processes. It’s inevitable that many businesses continue to advance their existing product range. And if this advancement involves an element of head-scratching and problem solving to overcome technical difficulties, it’s likely the project will qualify for R&D incentives.
WHAT TYPE OF MANUFACTURING PROJECTS CAN QUALIFY FOR R&D TAX CREDITS?
A broad range of projects can meet the Government’s R&D definition, for example:
PRODUCTS DON’T HAVE TO BE UNIQUE TO QUALIFY
R&D incentives can be applied to any business that designs or makes something… anything! The thing you’re making could even be being made elsewhere too.
It’s likely you’re not using the same materials or following the same standards as your competitors. You might be light-weighting, working in different space constraints, and so on. There are so many things that differentiate your product or the processes you use to put it together. And after working on the R&D scheme since it began in 2000, we know exactly where to look to maximise your claim.
ESTIMATE HOW MUCH YOU COULD CLAIM ON R&D TAX INCENTIVES
Have you ever wondered whether you could make a claim for R&D tax incentives? Or, if you’ve already made a claim, maybe you want to find out how it stacks up against your industry peers and expectations? Our R&D Tax Credit Calculator answers those questions and gives you an instant estimate of the benefit available to you.
WHY IS RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT IMPORTANT IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIES?
We speak to hundreds of businesses that think they don’t qualify for the relief, which makes the eureka moment all the more sweet.
That’s because R&D boils down to two qualifying criteria. Firstly, have you made a change or an improvement to a product or your manufacturing process? And secondly, did those changes take some time, some thought or some testing?
If you can answer “yes” to both of those questions, it’s time for us to have a chat, because R&D tax incentives are a fantastic way to keep your business and your cash flow on the front foot.
WHY COOPER PARRY?
In three years we’ve put more than £49 million back with businesses. Our experienced and dedicated R&D incentives specialists means we know what to look for and we know where to find it.
“The results exceeded our initial expectations, once we started discussions, it became clear that we could claim for more than we anticipated. I found the process both informative and straightforward. The additional cash has enabled us to increased pension payments, and give us a little more security in purchasing stock.” – Dominic Hall, Watergen
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