R&D Tax Credits Alert!
You Don’t Have to Pay a Penny
Looking to claim under HMRC’s R&D Tax Credits scheme that rewards business for unique innovation? No doubt you have come across many websites with claims providers’ of all sorts offering to manage your claim. Confusing? Are you eligible? Should you allow your accountant to claim for you, should you do a DIY claim, should you give all your details to another accountancy firm, will you incur costs just to look into this?
Business Cash Enabler provides a FREE service to assess your eligibility against HMRC requirements.
Allow me to introduce myself. I am Rob Sowden, I am the “Business Cash Enabler”. I have been in the area of specialist tax for 6 years and in my consultancy I have never invoiced a single client and do not have the mechanism to do so. Based in Bournemouth, I have “enabled” over £10million of qualifying expenditure in my past two years in Dorset that had slipped the net. I have assisted businesses in many counties, many have received a six figure HMRC cash-back! My service is totally without charge. It doesn't interfere with your relationship with your accountant. Below I address some of the key matters that represent myth, mystery and misunderstanding in the area of Research & Development Tax Credits, which has resulted in £millions of unclaimed net cash benefit to businesses.
This rarely produces your maximum entitlement because a claim is about technology workstreams. Typically accountants will ask you as the client to write a technical report and then they put the numbers alongside it. They are relying on you to know what the scheme rules allow as qualifying R&D. Your accountant may be worried about another company handling your claim for you. Maybe they should worry if another accountancy firm is appointed. However, with a specialist provider that doesn't take on compliance accounting, there is nothing to worry about, especially if the model is no-win-no-fee. I work with many accounancy firms who refer clients to me, once they realise there is no risk to their business.
Solution: Work with a specialist provider, which will typically uplift claim values by 100-200%, or more.
We Already Obtained a Tax Credit / Cash-Back
It is possible to resubmit the Company Tax Returns with any R&D uplift identified for the prior two accounting periods. As noted above, this is often 100-200% more which means you may be sitting on a sizeable under-claimed cash pot.
Solution: Obtain a free health check to assess if maximum entitlement has been received.
I Can Get a Lower Success Fee
This is a giant red herring that causes many business to lose out on tens of thousands. It is not the lowest fee that guarantees the maximum net cash from the scheme. The greatest gain comes from identification of ALL qualifying expenditure under scheme rules. A low fee on low level of expenditure will almost always result in less net cash (after fee) than a higher fee from a specialist provider that identifies maximum qualifying expenditure. Unfortunately, many clients have gone the low fee rate and they never know what they didn’t get!
Solution: Don’t focus on the fee rate but on the ability of the claims provider to identify all qualifying technology workstreams, including in-house IT and software projects. Ask for a free health check to look at any shortfall in the last 2 accounting periods.
How Can Rob Sowden Help Me Get More Back?
As a specialist with no mechanism to invoice your business, I can advise on new claim or uplift claim potential. If you are eligible, I can set you up with a specialist claims provider that has a large group of industry sector technical analysts such as scientists, engineers, manufacturing, software, IT, etc, along with a team of tax advisors and their model is no-win-no-fee. They are well known and respected by HMRC and have submitted over 5,000 R&D claims with over £160 million in claim value, with 100% success. Your accountant is kept in the loop and provided with the claim report. My service is free of charge and I accept the fact that I may give my advice and it is your right to choose whatever route you wish.
Solution: Ask me for a free health check, I will be able to tell you on an initial call if I think you are eligible. I’m based in Bournemouth and cover Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Wiltshire, Hampshire, Berkshire and London.
I’m a member of the Dorset Chamber of Commerce & Industry and I speak regularly in the area on the topic of R&D tax credits.
This government cash-back scheme for SMEs was launched in the year 2000 and companies could have claimed every year if they had eligible activities/costs. From whom did you first hear about this opportunity and when?