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Spring Statement Confirms Changes To R&D Tax Reliefs

This is a very positive move ...

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Posted by Roger Eddowes on 09/05/2022 @ 8:00AM

The Chancellor has recently completed his consultations and will now make changes to the enhanced research and development (R&D) tax reliefs, taking effect on the 1st of April 2023 ...

We can be confident of what R&D tax relief will look like from the 1st of April 2023!

We can be confident of what R&D tax relief will look like from the 1st of April 2023!

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This change affects both the R&D tax reliefs for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) as well as the R&D Expenditure Credit (RDEC) regime for larger companies.

"There may be consequences for those who
subcontract R&D overseas!"

When a company subcontracts R&D activities, tax relief is generally only available where the work is performed in the United Kingdom. For externally provided workers, they must be paid via a UK payroll.

In both cases, this is to ensure enhanced relief is correctly targeted at growing innovation within the UK itself and to avoid incentivising R&D being done overseas. Any changes the Chancellor introduces may reduce the value of R&D tax relief for businesses who access a global knowledge base, such as startup companies spun out from academia.

It seems that the proposed changes assume that businesses have the resources to move towards UK-centric resources, but this may not be the case for many. Key barriers include:

  • a lack of available UK resources resulting from local skills shortages, particularly in R&D-intensive sectors such as engineering, software, and manufacturing.

  • Brexit caused many workers to return to the EU and deterred migration into the UK from the EU, exacerbating the skills shortage.

However, the Government has announced that R&D activities overseas can still qualify where R&D cannot take place in the UK due to geographical, environmental, regulative or population reasons. For example, deep ocean research is impossible in the shallow waters that surround our country.

The Government has announced they are pressing ahead with expanding the scope of qualifying costs to include data and cloud computing and has relented on excluding the storage element.

"The commercialisation of advances such as in pure
mathematics will also be included!"

So, definitions are still to be finalised and the legislation isn't on the statute books right now, but I believe we can be confident of what R&D tax relief will look like from the 1st of April 2023.

Now, could be the time to start thinking of how your business can benefit from the new R&D tax relief regime in 2023.

Until next time ...

Business Godparent


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About Roger Eddowes ...


Roger trained at Edward Thomas Peirson & Sons in Market Harborough before working at Hartwell & Co, followed by Chancery, as a partner. He started Essendon Accounts and Tax with Helen Beaumont in 2014 as a general practitioner with a hands-on approach.

Roger loves getting his hands dirty, working with emerging, small-to-medium and family businesses to ensure they receive the best possible accountancy advice. Roger utilises an extensive network of business contacts to leverage the best guidance and practical solutions.