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R&D tax credits for dentistry, orthodontistry, and endodontistry

Dentistry, orthodontistry, and endodontistry are transforming. More and more practices are investing in research and development (R&D) activities to develop innovative and cutting-edge solutions to enhance a patient’s experience. 

Despite R&D being rife in the sectors and the government’s R&D tax credits scheme rewarding such behaviour, few practices are aware that they could qualify for significant tax savings. These can come in the form of a reduced tax bill or a lump sum. We’ve even helped clients reduce their corporation tax bills to zero. 

Most practices are small to medium enterprises, or SMEs as we know them. If your business is one, it immediately gives you the green light. You’ll need to be an SME with fewer than 500 staff and a turnover of less than €100 million, or gross assets of less than €86 million, to qualify.

Even unsuccessful projects can yield valuable returns.

With working under pressure for long hours, time might not be on your side. It may be difficult to step back and identify what counts as R&D. That’s why we’re here, as a specialist by your side, to ensure that no costs go amiss and your claims are successful — with maximum return. The R&D tax credit scheme could be one of the best strategies you use in your practice this year.

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

  • Clinical trials
  • Research leading to publications
  • Reducing the risk of decontamination
  • Research into bone grafting techniques
  • 3D printing to leverage computer technologies and layer-by-layer fabrication to create customised, complex, and wasteless objects and parts

Key questions on R&D tax relief answered

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

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

About Easy R&D’s R&D tax credit claim process

Claiming R&D tax relief is a niche.

Here at Easy R&D, we’ll probe your company’s activities to reveal the true extent of your company’s R&D.

Averaging £54,000 per claim, we’re a business built around expert tax professionals, skilled technical report writers, and flawless processes to ensure your R&D claims are successful — with maximum return. You could even reduce your corporation tax bill to zero.

HMRC’s criteria for claiming is purposefully broad, so what qualifies may surprise you.


Interested in claiming R&D tax credits?