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UK businesses claim a record £7.4 billion in R&D tax credits

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On 30th September, HMRC released its annual Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credits Statistics, encompassing March 2019–March 2020. The report provides information on the number of companies claiming R&D tax…
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R&D tax credits: how Easy R&D can protect you from HMRC enquiries

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In recent months, HMRC has grown increasingly concerned about the number of mistakes companies make in (research and development) R&D tax credits claims.  HMRC has introduced measures to improve R&D…
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Could hidden research and development in your business be your ticket to R&D tax credits?

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Work that qualifies research and development (R&D) tax credits scheme typically includes: creating new products, processes, software, or services changing or modifying products, processes, software, or services These are often…
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R&D tax credits: your reward for facing uncertainty

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Companies in absolutely any industry can claim research and development (R&D) tax credits. For a successful claim with maximum return, Easy R&D will present to HMRC how your business attempted…
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When it comes to R&D tax credits, you need an expert on your side

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R&D tax credits could be a valuable cash injection for your business. The daily work you consider as merely “getting the job done” may qualify for the scheme — springing…
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R&D tax credits: five myths and myth-busters

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Despite launching in 2000, the government's research and development (R&D) tax credits scheme remains largely unheard of.  It’s estimated that a whopping £84 billion of R&D tax credits go unclaimed…
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Five signs your business could be eligible for R&D tax credits

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HMRC has lengthy conditions around what does and doesn't qualify for the government's research and development (R&D) tax credits scheme. The work that qualifies — often embedded in day to…
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How Easy R&D creates a compelling technical narrative

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While HMRC provides guidelines for putting a research and development (R&D) tax credits claim together, it doesn't provide a standard format or template to work from. When companies attempt to…

How furlough can affect your R&D tax credits claims

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During the coronavirus pandemic, you may have placed some of your employees on temporary leave (furlough) and made use of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). This can have an…
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Research and development spending steps up the global innovation race

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In February, The House of Lords Science and Technology Committee criticised the government for vagueness regarding its innovation strategy. The Committee claimed the government is failing to make the most…
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Don’t miss out: there’s a time limit on claiming R&D tax credits

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FOMO. For those cool enough to be down with social media and texting slang, that's an acronym for 'fear of missing out'. For small to medium-sized business owners wishing to…
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Five reasons why you might not be claiming R&D tax credits (but should be)

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Here at Easy R&D, we've heard all kinds of untruths about research and development (R&D) tax credits. Namely, the misconception that the scheme is solely for science and tech businesses…
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Could aligning the tax year with the calendar year impact R&D tax credits claims?

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We Brits delight in our eccentric ways — even if it defies the logic and common sense that other countries display. Our quirkiness even extends to our tax year-end date:…
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Digital innovation is art and culture’s friend — not foe

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From the visible crisis of closed venues to the behind-the-scenes plight of artists and creatives denied and losing jobs, COVID-19 has painted a rough road to recovery for the UK…
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R&D tax relief: back to basics – ‘why’

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Part five: your 'why' questions answer In Easy R&D's final instalment of taking R&D tax credits back to basics, we answer some of your 'why' questions surrounding the world of…
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R&D tax relief: back to basics – ‘where’

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Part four: your 'where' questions answered Easy R&D finds work that qualifies for the government's generous research and development (R&D) tax credits scheme in the most unlikely of places. No…
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R&D tax relief: back to basics – ‘when’

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Part three: your 'when' questions answered Here at Easy R&D, it’s our mission to make sure you’re not one of the businesses missing out on claiming back 33 pence of…
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R&D tax relief: back to basics – ‘what’

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Part two: your 'what' questions answered It’s estimated 80% of SME's are underclaiming the research and development (R&D) tax credits they're due from the government — or aren’t claiming at…
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R&D tax relief: back to basics – ‘who’

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Part one: your 'who' questions answered There are plenty of myths and an air of mystery surrounding R&D tax relief. It’s estimated that around 80% of eligible businesses are underclaiming on…
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The UK is on a mission to become a science superpower

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Throughout 2021, scientists and researchers will have access to more public funding than ever before, with an extra £250 million coming their way.  This takes the total government investment in…
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Failed R&D is still R&D

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After 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at perfecting the electric light bulb, a reporter asked Thomas Edison:  "How does it feel to fail 1,000 times?"  Edison was quick to retort:  "I have…
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The top 5 sectors claiming R&D tax credits

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R&D tax relief is open to any limited company within the UK — in any sector. However, some sectors are at the forefront of making claims for R&D tax credits…
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Will your R&D satisfy HMRC’s criteria for R&D tax relief?

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R&D tax relief was introduced by the Government in 2000. Its aim is to encourage innovation in science and technology. This doesn’t mean to say that R&D tax credits are…
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How R&D tax credits can provide a lifeline during Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Deep into a third lockdown thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic and British businesses are struggling. Business Interruption Loans and furlough and job retention schemes have helped, but in most cases…
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An Introduction to R&D Tax Credits for SMEs

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Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK economy. There were almost six million small and medium-sized enterprises, or SMEs, at the start of 2020, which makes more than 99…
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Why are start-ups missing out on R&D tax credits?

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Start-up businesses are innovative almost by definition. They have usually spotted a gap in the market and have come up with a new product or service to fill it. Any…
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R&D Tax Credits for Manufacturing Businesses

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The UK has a long and proud tradition of manufacturing - this is, after all, the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution - and Britain currently is the world’s ninth-largest manufacturer…
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R&D Tax Credits for Professional SMEs

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How many times have you heard the term “digital transformation” being used in your consultancy business? Industry 4.0, or the ongoing automation of traditional industrial practices using smart technology, is…
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R&D Tax Credits for Agriculture SMEs

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As the climate changes, so do the conditions within which the agricultural sector must work - the very nature of the sector depends on the natural world and its resources.…
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R&D Tax Credits for Software Businesses

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We rely on software throughout our day to day lives, from the programme that powers traffic management to the smart TV we watch while we have our dinner. Because of…
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R&D Tax Credits for Food and Drink Businesses

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Think back to the last time you were in a supermarket. Consider the choice of cereals in the breakfast aisle, or the number of different yoghurt products you were greeted…
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R&D Tax Relief for the Agriculture Sector

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The agriculture and farming sector is increasingly exploiting new science and technology. Farming operations are becoming more sophisticated and farmers are investing in various innovative projects for their buildings, equipment…

Are You Eligible for R&D Tax Credits?

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Research and development is crucial for businesses and for the UK economy as a whole.  This was the reason that in 2000 the UK government introduced a system of R&D…

R&D at Whartons Nurseries

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Making a claim Easy R&D have helped hundreds of companies with R&D tax relief claims including the agricultural and horticulture sectors. Contact your nearest R&D Consultant to see if you…
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Software R&D Tax Relief

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R&D Tax Credits for Software Developers   HM Revenue and Custom's research and development tax credits scheme has provided £26.9 billions worth of tax relief over 300,000 claims between 2000…
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Shelley Engineering R&D for London Underground

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Special Air Conditioning Tank Shelley Engineering are a specialist metal manufacturer who provide a bespoke end to end metalwork service, through from design, development, testing to programming and manufacturing​ ​They…

Pipetto Smartphone Protection R&D

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Smartphone Protection Development Pipetto are a market leading British brand known for its innovative and premium leather technology accessories. ​They embarked on a project aimed to create protective shells for…

Professional Accountancy & Accountex

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Easy R&D showcased their R&D tax credit UK-wide service at the Professional Accountancy conference, Birmingham, 18 & 19 September and Accountex, London 1 & 2 May 2019 Easy R&D use…

Project 64’s Digital R&D

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We've helped hundreds of companies to make R&D tax relief claims including digital media. Contact your nearest R&D Consultant to see if you can claim - 0800 195 7516 

Tax Relief Claims: Construction

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Whether you run a construction business or work in the industry, there are various tax relief programs and schemes available that you may be unaware of.  Investigating your eligibility could…

Best Way to Get Startup Tax Advice in the UK

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One of the biggest problems that startup businesses face is registering or preparing for tax. HMRC aim to make it relatively easy to register your business online once you have…

R&D Tax Relief Really Works

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Whether you are a new business or an established one, research and development can be key to the business developing.  Working on solving problems and developing new products can make…

Qualifying for R&D Tax Relief

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There’s nothing nicer than finding out that HMRC owes you money and you are due a tax rebate.  The downside of it is often that this is money you have…

Why Do Some Tax Relief Claims Go Wrong?

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One of the main reasons cited by companies for not making research and development tax relief claims is that they think the system is too complicated and that claims aren’t…

R&D Tax Credits for SaaS

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R&D in the software industry Software as a Service (also known as Software on Demand) is centrally located services that provide a flexible alternative to the traditional ‘purchase and download’…

R&D Tax Credits for the Electronics Industry

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R&D in the electronics industry Electronics is one of the largest industries in the world. Almost every aspect of it has to deal with some form of near-continuous research and…

R&D Tax Credits for the Healthcare Industry

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R&D in the healthcare industry Companies in the Healthcare industry often spend a large portion of their time and resources on Research and Development (R&D). R&D projects may include testing…

Tax Relief Claims in Fintech

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Regardless of the financial health of your business, there is always the desire to save a little money where possible.  Perhaps one of the most satisfying ways to save a…

R&D Tax Credits for Apps and Games

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The gaming and apps industries in the UK As of 2018 there were over 2,200 active games companies in the UK games industry and the sector was estimated to be…

Tax Relief Claims – 3D Printing

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The 3D Printing Sector Although 3D printing was invented in 1967, it's impact on volume manufacturing is set to become highly disruptive from 2025. Between now and then ever decreasing…

Tax Relief Claims Engineering

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When you first start your engineering business, there are lots of costs involved and of course there are taxes to contend with.  But there are legitimate ways that businesses can…

How Many Businesses are Missing R&D Tax Relief?

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Most of us will admit to complaining about the amount of tax we pay, whether personally or through our business.  Yet a number of businesses are missing out on research…

How R&D Tax Relief Can Cut Your Costs

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For many businesses, a constant job is to look for ways to reduce taxes without overstepping boundaries or breaking rules.  The old advert that HMRC ran about ‘tax doesn’t have…

How Can Companies Apply for R&D Tax Credits?

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One of the aims of the government in recent years has been to make the UK a place of innovation and development.  To help inspire companies to do this or…

An Introduction to R&D Tax Credits for Startups

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As a start-up business, one of the big concerns is cash flow.  You need to research and develop products but you also need to live and have money coming into…