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 Is There a Minimum Expenditure Threshold to Claim R&D Tax Credits?

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Prior to 1st April 2012, a business needed to have spent a minimum of £10,000 on qualifying research and development (R&D) activities in order to submit an R&D tax credit claim. 

This requirement meant that smaller businesses and startups that were just beginning to explore R&D projects were unable to claim tax credits and receive the financial support they needed. However, this is no longer the case.

2012 minimum expenditure policy change 

A change in policy which came effective from 1st April 2012 removed the previous minimum expenditure requirement, meaning that no matter how much qualifying R&D expenditure you have, it’s possible to make an R&D tax credit claim. This opened up the opportunity for a wider range of businesses to take advantage of R&D tax credits.

The removal of the minimum expenditure threshold has been beneficial to businesses of all sizes, as it’s encouraged more companies to invest in R&D activities and seek out innovation opportunities. As a result, even businesses that are just starting out can now access R&D tax credits, which can help to offset their costs and provide a much-needed financial boost. 

Eligibility criteria for claiming R&D tax credits

Although there is no minimum expenditure requirement to be able to claim R&D tax credits, there are other eligibility criteria a business must adhere to. For example, to make a claim, you must be (among other things): 

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With our assistance, you can be confident that you’ll go through a simple, hassle-free process to get the R&D tax credits you deserve. We liaise with your team to gain a thorough understanding of your processes and R&D activities and identify all expenditures that qualify for R&D tax credits. Furthermore, we can customise our approach to align with the unique operations of your company.

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