Four tips for streamlining your R&D tax credits claim

Read our tips on how to streamline your R&D claim and make it a lot easier for yourself.

When it comes to making claims, many of us are put off by the prospect of time consuming forms and paperwork.

This problem is especially daunting when you are managing your own company.

In a world where time is money, the last thing any of us want to be doing is spending hours trawling through documents and legislation, wondering if we’ve ticked the right boxes and said the right things.

If you’re considering applying for an R&D tax credit claim but are reluctant to waste time and engage in a lengthy process, read our tips on how to streamline things and make it a lot easier for yourself.

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Understand the R&D projects that your company is involved in

To make the entire claim process easier, we suggest starting from the bottom up, being thorough and ensuring you understand everything about your different R&D projects. Do this by identifying the different activities that are involved and understanding the qualifying costs that go along with them.

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Identify key contributors early on

If you are carrying out a large research project that involves, say, 100 employees, we suggest pinpointing who the main scientific and technical staff involved are early on. They may be aware of details that you could miss and could help to identify extra costs that you could be claiming for.

Ensure you are producing contracts when necessary

If you are relying on subcontractors to carry out work for you, you will need to make sure that you are filling out the appropriate contracts. While HMRC do not ask specifically for contracts in every case, if an enquiry arises you may be required to show them exactly where every single penny for R&D was spent.

Keep your claim simple

While the R&D you are involved in may be clear to you, you need to make sure that it translates well to HMRC. If they fail to understand your claim, you risk them carrying out an enquiry. Make sure that your claim covers all the complexities of your project but in a simple and understandable way. We suggest avoiding using too much jargon and beginning to work on your claim at the start of the project. This way you be sure you are also really clear about the R&D you are involved in so you can make your writing concise.

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel

Ben Lobel was the editor of from 2010 to 2018. He specialises in writing for start-up and scale-up companies in the areas of finance, marketing and HR.

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