R&D Tax
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R&D Tax Credits Across the United States

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Understanding state-specific R&D tax credits can be confusing. That’s why we’ve developed this interactive R&D Tax Credit Map, designed to provide a clear overview of the R&D tax credits available in each state. Explore by clicking on your state to uncover specific R&D tax benefits.

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The R&D Tax Credit is a business tax credit that can be used to reduce federal income tax and is available to companies developing new or improved products, processes, software, techniques, or formulations. Taxpayers qualify for the credit if they paid or incurred qualified research expenses while conducting qualified research activities.

The R&D tax credit is claimed on a timely filed tax return, including extensions. The R&D tax credit can also be claimed on amended tax returns. The rules for amended returns are generally the previous 3 tax years. The credit is reported on IRS Form 6765, Credit for Increasing Research Activities, for the year in which the qualified expenses were paid or incurred. For Sub-S Corporations, LLCs and other types of business entities, the credit is passed-thru to the shareholders on their individual Schedule K1.

There is no limitation on the amount of R&D tax credits that can be claimed each year.

The R&D tax credit is not refundable. Any Research & Development Credit that is not used to offset the taxpayer’s tax liability for the year in which the qualified research expenses were paid or incurred is carried back one with the remainder able to be carried forward for up to twenty years.

Yes, a taxpayer can claim credits for prior tax years. Taxpayers typically have three years from the original filing date to amend. In some cases, more than 3 years will be available for amending.

Acquisitions or dispositions of trades or businesses should be identified when calculating the R&D tax credit for both the base period and the current year qualified expenditures. Consistency between these periods is required per IRC §41(c)(5). For example, if a company acquires another entity in the current year, that entity’s R&D expenses are included in the current year R&D tax credit calculation and the entity’s prior R&D expenses will also need to be reflected in the base period years.

Yes. A company computes its R&D tax credit and then that credit is directly applied against the company’s federal tax liability owed in the current tax year in which the credit is claimed. Unused credits then carryback one year and then forward for 20 years.

The IRS has established a four-part test that taxpayers must apply to each of their business activities (components). The four tests are described in Internal Revenue Code (IRC) §41(d)(1) and all four must be met to qualify for the credit. In addition to the four tests, the company carrying out the work must bear the financial risk of development and have rights to the research being performed.

There are two general methods for computing the Research Tax Credit, the Regular Credit (RC) Method and the Alternative Simplified Credit (ASC) Method. Both methodologies are included on IRS Form 6765, Credit for Increasing Research Activities. The taxpayer is permitted to elect either of the two methods when preparing a timely filed return, but since each method has distinct advantages and disadvantages, it is important to understand the two computation methodologies particularly because the elected method cannot be changed on an amended return.

Qualified research expenses (QREs) include taxable wages, supplies used in qualified activities, contract research costs and certain payments to cloud service providers.

The first step is to evaluate your ability to utilize the R&D tax credit. Since the credit is not refundable, you need to be paying taxes to benefit from the R&D tax credit process. Once it is determined there is sufficient tax available for your company to benefit from the credit, it is time to proceed to the next step which includes determining the qualifying research expenditures and
estimating your R&D tax credit.

The definition of research for R&D tax credit purposes is quite broad. If you are conducting engineering activities that are new to you as a company and there is risk associated with the success of the outcome, this may qualify as R&D. Examples include developing new products or improving existing products; experimenting with new materials; building and testing prototypes and models; developing new or improved software applications; testing new concepts; and developing or improving manufacturing processes. Any company trying to improve what they do, be more competitive, reduce costs or increase market share will likely have qualifying activities.

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