The R&D Tax Credit allows startups who meet certain requirements to use the credit against their federal tax bill and claim up to $250,000 towards FICA for payroll tax savings. The requirements for payroll tax savings include:
Gross receipts in previous five years of tax returns only
No more than $5 million in gross receipts in any year
Not a publicly traded company
WHAT’S THE CATCH?
Only qualified R&D activities are eligible for tax credit, which must pass the IRS’s 4-part test:
Permitted Purpose a. New or Improved Business Component
Elimination of Uncertainty a. Uncertainty related to business component
Process of Experimentation a. Evaluate one or more alternatives, attempting to resolve uncertainty
Technological in Nature a. Activities must rely on; i. Physical Sciences ii. Biological Sciences iii. Engineering iv. Computer Science
WHAT’S THE HISTORY BEHIND THE TAX CREDIT AND WHAT’S CHANGED?
The R&D Tax Credit has existed as a temporary year-to-year measure since 1981, requiring congressional approval every few years. However, in 2015, with the passage of the “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act” (PATH), the R&D Tax Credit became permanent. In addition, the credit can now be used to offset payroll taxes (as well as income taxes), which allows even companies with net losses to receive the credit immediately.
THAT’S GREAT, BUT WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Each company is eligible for up to 250% of their average monthly payroll expense, with a salary cap of $100,000 per employee, with a maximum of $10 million.
R&D TAX CALCULATOR
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