There is one thing that may hold some business owners back—the fear of being audited by the IRS. While only a small percentage of businesses that apply for R&D credits actually get audited, it is important they maintain precise documentation of R&D activities that align with qualification criteria so that if an audit is required, they are fully prepared.
It is an exciting time for the aerospace industry—the outlook is healthy for innovation and the development of groundbreaking technology. As an industry significantly invested in research and development (R&D) activities, aerospace companies can further reinvest in their growth by qualifying for federal and state R&D tax credits. But which activities qualify, and how does the process work?
In a show of bipartisanship, U.S. Sens. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) introduced the Invent and Manufacture in America Act on June 6, 2017. The bill is intended to further enhance the research and development tax credit for those companies that conduct R&D in the U.S. and for those who manufacture products as a result of R&D that took place in the U.S.
When you think about it, packaging is essential for any product being sold. From storage to transport to the end user, package designers seek ways to advance the quality, functionality and safety of their products—all within compliance of regulatory guidelines. Many package designers would be surprised to discover that many of the activities they already are conducting qualify for valuable tax credits.
Rhode Island enjoys a wealth of strategic advantages for businesses engaged in research activities of all sizes and scopes. Its centralized presence in the Northeast U.S. provides easy access to key centers of national and international commerce. It enjoys the Northeast’s lowest corporate tax rate. Its renowned academic institutions are havens of innovation and serve as incubators for many innovative startups.
With so many tax proposals swirling around in Washington, the business world is in a wait-and-see mode to see how it all falls out. While tax reform could very well do away with many of the tax credits businesses utilize, there is nothing in these proposals that would negatively impact the valuable research and development tax credit.
For a long time, R&D tax credits were mostly associated with large companies conducting research in software, manufacturing, pharmaceutical and high-tech companies. As a matter of fact, many activities associated with agriculture can and do qualify. When you stop to think about it, R&D is essential to driving technological change in agriculture, and many people working in the industry engage in R&D activities on a weekly basis—activities that could qualify for a significant tax credit.
Small Business Week, which runs now through May 6, is an excellent time for Tax Point Advisors to remind small businesses of an outstanding opportunity to claim valuable tax credits for eligible R&D activities.
The federal tax code has included R&D tax credits to businesses for more than three decades. Contrary to a common misperception, however, R&D tax credits are not limited to scientists and laboratory-based researchers. In fact, many of the activities conducted by architecture firms qualify, and the benefit can mean tens of thousands of dollars in tax savings.
It has been well over one year since Congress enacted legislation making R&D permanent. With the many questions surrounding these new enhancements, Tax Point Advisors offers the following clarifications to help business owners understand whether they may utilize the credit.