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Manufacturing

If your company is a manufacturer you are an excellent candidate for the Federal R&D tax credit. It is public policy to encourage manufacturing of all types in the United States. Regulations allow salaries, outside contractor expenses and supplies to qualify for the tax credit.

Eligible activities include new product design, prototyping, product improvement, patent applications, software development for internal use, process and production improvements, trial and error experimentation and engineering. New formulations and recipes are R&D and therefore food manufacturers qualify. So even if you are a cupcake bakery your company can benefit. Pharmaceutical, aircraft, custom manufacturers, building products or other manufacturers are all good candidates.

See case studies for examples of credits granted.

Start Ups

In the past Start-Up companies had difficulty capturing R&D tax credits, even if nearly 100% of their activities were research and development related, because they are not generally profitable and so had paid no tax against the credit. In 2016 the tax credit was reformed and made permanent and allowed credits to be taken against payroll taxes for companies up to $5 million in gross receipts. Virtually all of your development, research, prototyping, engineering and design are qualifying expenses.

R&D tax credits can be an important source of financing for your growth.

See case studies for examples of credits granted.

Architecture and Engineering

Architects and engineers are designing and innovating on a daily basis. What they often do not realize is that much of this activity qualifies as research and development under federal regulations and qualify for R&D tax credits. If your firm does the following you would benefit from our free estimate of your benefit.

Architecture
  • Energy efficient designs
  • Water saving designs
  • LEED design and certification
  • Master plans, site plans, schematic design,
  • Preparing drawings and construction documents
  • Designing building systems, shape, form and site orientation
Engineering
  • Designing alternate or unique structural materials, assembly, fastening, ventilation, HVAC, lighting or other system not considered previously.
  • Developing processes or equipment for the natural element extraction, or the development of processes and equipment to convert the extracted materials
  • Developing a pilot plant
  • Mitigating toxic waste and other waste disposal
  • Conducting environmental impact studies
  • Implementing counter-terrorism capabilities
  • CAD modeling, testing and experimenting with new materials and technologies

See case studies for examples of credits granted.

Software & User Experience Design

Software research and development in all its forms, whether your company is a start-up, a mature software development company or an innovative company developing custom software for internal use, the Federal R&D Tax Credit applies to a large share of your spending. If you are a start-up you can benefit even if you are not profitable. In 2016 the tax credit was reformed and made permanent and allowed credits to be taken against payroll taxes for companies up to $5 million in gross receipts.

Virtually all of your development, technology research, prototyping, engineering and design are qualifying expenses. R&D tax credits can be an important source of financing for your growth. If your firm does the following you would benefit from our free estimate of your benefit.

  • Types of software include accounting, financial, ERP, GIS, digital asset management, logistics, educational, CRM, content management, database, medical, video games, interface design and other software
  • Research can include new and improved technology, scoping, specifying, evaluating, testing, surveying
  • Development can include developing new or improved technologies, specifying, programming, compiling and testing software

See case studies for examples of credits granted.