Changes to the research and development tax relief system were originally proposed for 1 April 2020 – due to various matters these changes were delayed. HMRC have now published further details of the changes to apply from 1 April 2021.
The draft legislation for the changes is published as part of documents for the Finance Bill 2021. (more…)Read More
Tax Tribunal Update: Tax Payer Subject to £25,000 Fine for Failure to Provide Adequate Records of Expenditure
The case concerned a Midlands based company (Teksolutions -Inc Limited) that made claims for the enhanced tax relief available for Research and Development.
HMRC inquired into these claims and found issue with the records kept by the company. The company had claimed taxable losses across two accounting years in the region of £400,000 – arising partially from the additional tax deductions available for R&D expenditure. After review HMRC assessed that the losses should be reduced to nil. (more…)Read More
Originally announced as a minor change in Phillip Hammond’s October 2018 Budget an alteration to the rules regarding Research and Development Tax Relief could have major implications for some businesses.
At present current Research and Development Tax Relief regime allows loss making companies to ‘surrender’ losses arising from research and development activity for a tax credit. This tax credit has become particularly important for start up or early stage companies – where cash flow is often a key concern.
There are tens of thousands of pounds being lost in tax relief by eligible companies every year. This reflects the common misconception that Research and Development (R&D) is confined to manufacturing, tech giants or research laboratories. In reality, businesses are often undertaking #R&D in their day-to-day activity, driving innovation and moving the industry forward without realising. Get in touch to find out more.