How to get R&D Tax Credits

Whether profitable or pre-revenue, you can get up to 32% of your development costs back in cash every year... and it’s entirely up to you how to spend it

R&D Tax Credits is an HMRC initiative incentivising UK companies to invest more in the development of innovative technology products. As a result, companies can get up to 32% of their direct product development costs back in the form of tax relief or cash benefit.

If your claim is substantial (spending more than £70k/year or so on R&D), the claim is typically subject to more thorough scrutiny, so it is a good idea to use a specialist like GrantTree to file it.

We work closely with your finance and development leads to ensure you maximise your claim’s potential:

  • We will scrutinise your financials and work closely with your financial team to ensure all qualifying costs are included whilst keeping the amount of time you spend interacting with the claim to a minimum - after all, we know you have a business to run!

  • Our industry expert writers will build a rock solid technical narrative to explain why your project is R&D qualifying, all in accordance with HMRC specification.

  • Any questions and queries coming from HMRC after filing the claim are handled by GrantTree and we will be there to provide assistance and defence should HMRC enquire into the deeper aspects of your R&D.

We help innovative companies find and obtain government funding so their ideas can grow.

GrantTree’s service was fast and responsive. They identified costs that we missed and increased our claim size. We’re happy customers and recommend working with them."

Justin Fitzpatrick, COO at Duedil

"We spoke to a couple of other companies, both of whom expected us to write at least an initial draft of the technical claim. GrantTree sent us a short form which took our technical lead half an hour to complete and their writers did the rest. This meant we didn’t lose time working on our product."

Maria Campbell, GoCardless

"GrantTree has been a joy to work with! They really care about our product and what we do. Would highly recommend them to other startups!”

Rebecca Sweetman, Kano Computing

“There is no other support company I know who is more in the ‘now’ of R&D Tax credits and grant funding. They’re open and transparent in their ‘doing’; supremely innovative in their own right. It's amazing to feel the energy that they give and the results achieved for a client.”

Sam Duong, Ming Foods

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Intrigued by R&D Tax credits? Learn more:

What costs qualify as R&D?

    The first thing to note is that HMRC defines only 4 categories of qualifying costs: direct labour, external staff, subcontracted R&D and R&D consumables.

    Click here to read more.

Can you claim tax credits if you're unprofitable

    A common misconception about tax credits is the idea that you have to be profitable for them to be worthwhile. In fact both profitable and unprofitable companies can get up to 32.5% return.

    Click here to find out how it works.

Accounting periods longer or shorter than a year

    Many of the R&D tax credit claims we submit to HMRC cover accounting periods longer or shorter than the usual financial year and it is perfectly possible to adjust the length of the claim period, for example to take advantage of the tax credit scheme immediately after a significant investment in a project.

    Click here to find out how it works.

How are the HMRC Audits?

    Getting audited by HMRC sounds really scary, of course, so waving the threat of an “audit” would be a great way to convince clients to sign up with a specialist firm - but we believe that our service is valuable even without the vague threat of an undefined “audit”, so here’s a clear outline of what typically happens when HMRC receives your R&D Tax Credit claim and have questions.

    Click here to read about all types of enquiries.

R&D Tax Credits: Can I claim dividends, travel and subsistence costs?

    With early startups and smaller companies, most of the costs of doing R&D are not payroll. Many small companies do part-time consulting or contracting to pay the bills, and pay themselves through the tax-efficient means of a basic, minimal salary plus dividends. Moreover, as they are very cost- and tax-conscious, they do their best to pass costs like subsistence and travel, where appropriate, through the company.

    Click here to learn more.

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