Top Tax Cloud FAQs
Since it was developed by the R&D tax experts at Myriad Associates back in 2017, the Tax Cloud team has had many questions from businesses looking to maximise their R&D Tax Credit claims whilst avoiding the hefty fees paid to consultants.
In our latest post, we highlight some of the top questions we get asked when customers enquire with us.
What are R&D Tax Credits?
The R&D Tax Credits incentive is designed to encourage innovation and increase spending on R&D activities for companies operating in the UK. It’s one of the government’s most generous tax reliefs, allowing up to 33.35% of a company’s R&D spend to be claimed back from HMRC.
The R&D Tax Credits scheme has been around for nearly 20 years with latest government data showing that for the year 2020 to 2021 £6.6 billion was claimed.
The current rate results in a 24.7% benefit on R&D expenditure for profit-making SMEs and 33.35% can be achieved for loss-making SMEs. The Large Company scheme commenced in 2002 and the Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) scheme for large companies was introduced from April 2013. The current RDEC rate is 13%.
How do I know which R&D tax credit scheme is right for my business?
There are two schemes currently available to make an R&D tax credit claim. Which one you use will depend on whether you are an SME or a large company.
For a company to be regarded as an SME it must have a group headcount of below 500 staff and meet at least one of the following: a turnover of below €100 million or gross assets of less than €86 million. A “large company” is any company that exceeds the SME thresholds.
We look in more detail about the differences between the two branches of the R&D Tax Credits scheme in our recent blog on the Myriad Associates website: SME vs RDEC: R&D Tax Credit Schemes Explained.
Is my business eligible for R&D Tax Credits?
Many businesses don’t realise that they are undertaking eligible qualifying activities. It is not uncommon for their accountants to forget to tell them about R&D Tax Credits or even to tell them that they don’t qualify. If your technical lead (the R&D manager, lead engineer, or lead developer) is struggling to overcome the technical challenges of your project – if they are scratching their head wondering how to proceed, or losing sleep worrying about the technical uncertainties they face – your project will almost certainly qualify for R&D Tax Credits.
In addition, to benefit from the incentive, you must:
- Be a limited company in the UK that is subject to Corporation Tax
- Have carried out research and development projects
- Have spent money on these projects
What counts as R&D?
The government’s definition of what is classed as research and development is relatively broad. The key phrase in their definition is that the R&D project must from the outset aim to make a technical advancement in a product, process or software over and above what is already available. The project needs to challenge your experienced team!
No matter the size of your business, as long as your company is attempting the above then you could be carrying out an eligible R&D activity.
More specifically, if you are:
A. Creating a new product, service or process
B. Improving an existing product, service or process technologically/scientifically
Then your chances of eligibility for this scheme are very high.
What costs qualify for R&D Tax Credits?
You can claim the relief on costs that have been expensed through the company’s Profit & Loss account and in certain circumstances you can also claim capitalised expenditure (providing that the assets purchased have been classified as Intangible Assets). The main areas of costs that can be claimed are: -
- Staff costs (gross pay, employer's NI and employer's pension contributions);
- Agency workers (externally provided workers),
- Software license costs, and
- Consumable items (heat, light and power, and materials and equipment used or transformed by the R&D process).
How much could I claim?
To work out how much you could be eligible to claim, why not try our free R&D tax calculator. Simply enter in your own figures - you might well be surprised as how high your claim ends up being!
How does Tax Cloud work?
Tax Cloud works in four easy steps:
1) Sign up to the Tax Cloud portal with your company name and we automatically verify your details.
2) Add your R&D projects, activities and costs.
3) Myriad Associates (the creators of Tax Cloud) provide their specialist consultants to review and support your claim by providing feedback and recommendations
4) Tax Cloud takes your project descriptions and costs and creates the R&D tax claim report. The Tax Cloud team will submit this report to HMRC on your behalf and answer any questions raised.
Why would I use Tax Cloud rather than my accountant or a specialist?
Aside from the cost saving aspect (which we’ll go into in a minute), Tax Cloud has a whole host of features that benefit you and your business.
- Focused expertise in R&D claims
- Online service, no meetings
- Dedicated specialists in SME R&D claims
- Expert review of all aspects of a claim
- Quality service at a low fee
- No upfront fees
- No minimum contract period
- Xero Integration
How much does it cost to use Tax Cloud?
Successful claims made through Tax Cloud are either 2.5% or 5% of your corporation tax savings. To break it down simply, our pricing works as follows:
- For claims receiving more than £200k in tax savings, the fee for using Tax Cloud is 2.5%.
- For claims receiving up to £200k in tax savings, the fee for using Tax Cloud is 5%.
These fees are subject to a minimum fee of £1,000 + VAT. To get a closer estimation of what benefiting from our portal and expert advice would be, use our free R&D tax calculator and enter your figures.
- No upfront fee
- No fee charged if you aren’t eligible
- Free amended CT600 as part of the claim process.
Ready to kickstart your R&D Tax Credits claim?
Whether you’re looking to make a claim for R&D Tax Credits or just want to find out more, why not book your free Tax Cloud demo? You’re also welcome to drop us a message or call our friendly, highly experienced team on 020 7360 4437.
- Submitting R&D tax claims since 2001
- Strong track record spanning 20+ years delivering R&D tax credit claims
- Over £70m claimed and counting
- Industry leading specialists
- We employ technical, costing and tax experts and tax experts
- Confident of delivering value to our clients, we offer our R&D tax services on a success fee-only basis.
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