How much R&D relief can I claim?


Andy Wood

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How much R&D relief can I claim?

How much R&D relief can I claim?


A good, and all important, question!

Qualifying SMEs can claim tax relief of up to 230% on eligible R&D spend.

This means that for every £100 spend on qualifying costs, you can deduct an additional £130 when calculating profits for corporation tax.

The amount of relief you claim will be determined by your corporation tax liability and whether you are profit or loss-making:


  • If the Company is making a Profit: the company can generally deduct 230% of eligible R&D expenditure from taxable profits in the relevant period;


  • If the company is Loss-making: the company can make a claim to surrender the 230% and receive a refund. The value of this refund is at 14.5% of the value of the claim.


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  2. To help other professional advisers provide a full service offering to their clients, and ultimately to help them enhance and grow their practices.

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How much R&D relief can I claim was last updated on 24 April 2020.

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