(By: Kevin Ham)
What is a R&D Tax Credit?
You may be surprised to find out that your business may qualify. The R&D tax credit started in 1981 to help stimulate the economy and to keep American jobs?
The federal R&D tax credit was first introduced in 1981, as a 20-year incentive, and has rewarded part of the tax code ever since. Its purpose is to reward US companies for increasing their R&D in the current tax year. Initially temporary, the federal R&D tax credit became the United States primary means for rewarding business for investment in research.
PATH Act of 2015 Changed Everything
The PATH Act (Protecting American Against Tax Hikes) of 2015, permanently extended the R&D tax credits and expanded its previous, allowing small and medium sized businesses to qualify for credits.
The credits are available to any business the attempts to develop new, improved, or technological products or processes. In addition to these activities, the credits may also be available to taxpayers that that have improved the performance, functionality, reality, or quality of existing products or trade processes.
The PATH Act allowed for 2 very important changes in the law. First, the legislation allows small businesses to take advantage of the R&D credits. Second, the path act allows startup businesses with no federal tax liabilities to take advantage of the credits.
So, who qualifies for the credits? While initially enacted in helping large manufacturers and innovators, the PATH Act allowed for small and medium-sized businesses to qualify for credits.
Any company that designs, develops or improves products, processes, techniques, formulas, inventions or software may be eligible. In fact, if a company has invested time, money, and recourses toward the advancement and improvement of its products or processes. It may quality.
3 basic criteria to be qualified:
The changes made by the Path Act, have allowed several new businesses to qualify. These include manufacturing, engineering, agriculture, software, importers/exporters, biotech, doctors, dentists, chiropractors, website development, and breweries.
Does your business qualify? The Small Business Development Center will host a workshop on this topic on January 22nd. For more info, visit https://sdsbdc.ecenterdirect.com/events/12653