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Research and Development Tax Credits

Somerset Chamber of Commerce can help you claim R&D Tax Credits from HMRC, which give tax savings for innovation. The savings are significant – usually equivalent to around a quarter of the amount you’ve actually spent. We’ve teamed up with Somerset Chamber Business Partners Albert Goodman to make sure our members an access and benefit from the scheme. If you pay technical staff to solve technical problems, perhaps developing new or improved processes, products or software, then it is likely you can claim.

Eligible companies can obtain tax relief on qualifying expenditure either by reducing taxable profits or creating (or increasing) tax losses which can be sacrificed to HMRC in return for a cash repayment.

The relief available is very generous and an SME incurring £100k of qualifying costs could save in the region of £25k in tax. Claims can go back two financial years, so first-time claimants can particularly benefit.

Eligibility

Projects qualifying for R&D relief include those seeking an appreciable improvement in science or technology. So, if you are paying people to solve technical problems there may be scope to claim if you are modifying a manufacturing process, developing bespoke software or creating a new product or improving an existing one.

The Albert Goodman team make the claims process simple. Their approach focuses on quickly and concisely assessing your potential eligibility before completing the process on your behalf to ensure that all claims are fully compliant before submission.

The Albert Goodman team apply a simple three stage approach to prepare a robust claim that maximises the tax relief available:

1. Initial discussion – 30-60 minutes, either in person or over the phone to explore whether a claim is possible.

2. Technical meeting – Albert Goodman will meet with you to identify qualifying projects and costs to include in the claim.

3. Produce claim documents – the  team will work with you to maximise the claim within the scope of the legislation. You will get a technical report and a summary of qualifying costs that is required to support a claim. You review it and when you are happy, you can either submit the whole claim to HMRC with Albert Goodman or use you own accountant to do it for you. You will then receive your tax savings from HMRC – up to a quarter of the amount you have actually spent on innovating.

As a member of Somerset Chamber of Commerce it is easy to access the R&D tax credit scheme with Albert Goodman. Simply contact Jenn Chidley-Sanders or Alistair Tudor on 01823 444924 or email membership@somerset-chamber.co.uk and we’ll put you in touch with the right people at Albert Goodman.

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