Research & Development (R&D) Tax Relief… What counts?

May 24th, 2019

We know that Research & Development (R&D) Tax Relief isn’t simple. Time after time, many of the businesses that we talk to about R&D relief have the same misconceptions about what they can claim for, such as:

We pay a lot of rent on our premises… that will form a huge part of our R&D claim.

As we own the business, we pay basic directors’ salaries and the remainder in dividends. Do those count? 

We’ve spent a fortune on legal fees trying to protect our Intellectual Property. That will certainly add up.

Unfortunately, none of the above expenses qualify for R&D tax relief. Some forms of expenditure are specifically excluded from R&D tax relief claims. The main ones that confuse businesses are: 

The key to maximising your R&D claim is receiving the best advice. At Champion Accountants, we have qualified Chartered Tax Advisers who can provide a tailored solution based on your circumstances.

For more information, contact our lead R&D tax advisor, David Herd, on or 0161 703 2500.

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