Construction projects that may qualify for R&D tax relief include:

  • Creating or experimenting with new materials
  • New ways to implement energy saving techniques
  • Integrating new technology into buildings
  • Improving safety
  • Overcoming conservation issues
  • Solving technical problems that arise during or after construction
  • Using science or technology to improve user experience in modern buildings
  • Modifying existing components and fittings into bespoke projects
 

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What activities can be included in a R&D project?

  • Defining technical objectives
  • Identifying uncertainties
  • Feasibility studies, reviewing new and competing technologies
  • Analysing, designing and developing the technology
  • Producing technical specification or other documents to explain and support the R&D project and advancement
  • Testing the product, process, service or software
  • Planning and managing projects
  • Administration, finance and personnel services specifically required to support R&D activities
  • Training to support R&D

What expenditure can be claimed for in a R&D project?

  • Staff Costs – Employee costs (salary, national insurance and employer pension) are apportioned for their time spent on the R&D project plus any reimbursed associated business expenses
  • Software – Purchased for R&D purposes and costs apportioned for any subsequent use
  • Subcontracted R&D – You can claim 65% of what you paid your R&D subcontractor
  • Utilities & Consumables – Water, fuel, power and material used in the project
  • Prototypes – Produced for R&D purposes