What You Need to Know About the R&D Technical Report

Are you familiar with the R&D Tax Credits Technical Report? It’s an essential document that supports your R&D tax credit claim. In this article, we’ll dive into the details of what goes into this report, why it’s crucial to have one, and what you can expect to find inside. Let’s get started!

Understanding the R&D Tax Credits Technical Report

The R&D Tax Credits Technical Report is a comprehensive document submitted to HMRC, designed to provide evidence for your financial claim. It serves as a summary of your claim, aligning it with the CT600 and Tax Computation. Additionally, it outlines the eligible R&D projects conducted throughout the claim period.

At TBAT, we specialize in compiling robust and well-evidenced reports. Our expert consultants work closely with the technical staff from your company to gather all the necessary information. While our team may not be subject matter experts, they are all professionals with a background in engineering or science. They take the time to understand your R&D projects within the context of your industry.

The length and level of detail required for the technical report depend on the size of the financial claim being made. Rest assured, our experienced consultants follow a proven report format that meets HMRC’s expectations. In fact, many of our clients are so satisfied with their technical reports that they use them as case study examples and for both internal and external promotion of their innovation culture.

The Importance of a Technical Evidence Report

You might be wondering if a Technical Evidence Report is necessary for your R&D Tax claim. Some companies have received financial benefits without providing any supporting evidence in the past. However, it’s important to note that HMRC is increasingly scrutinizing R&D Tax Credit claims for compliance.

By not submitting a report or other evidence to support your financial claim, you run the risk of having some or all of the claim value rejected. The Technical Report plays a critical role in qualifying claimed costs against projects that meet HMRC’s guidelines. This ensures that your R&D activities align with their definition of Research and Development for Tax Purposes.

What’s Included in the Report?

In addition to a financial claim summary and an introduction to your business, the report focuses on each of your projects. Here’s what you can expect to find:

Start and End Date of the Project

This section allows HMRC to understand the timeline within which technical uncertainty was overcome and when the R&D project took place.

Summary of the Project

This part provides HMRC with an introduction and background to the project. It highlights the innovative activities and key deliverables that contributed to the advancement in science or technology throughout the claim period.

Progression Beyond the Current State of Knowledge

Here, the report explains how your project has pushed the boundaries of current knowledge or capabilities in a specific field. It describes the notable improvements made to an existing process, material, device, product, or service through scientific or technological investigation.

Scientific or Technological Uncertainty

This section clarifies to HMRC the areas of scientific or technological uncertainty within the project. It defines what was not already known or publicly available, and what couldn’t be deduced by a competent professional.

Overcoming Scientific or Technological Uncertainty

Arguably the most crucial section of the report, this is where evidence is provided to demonstrate how your development team overcame the uncertainties mentioned earlier.

If you’re looking for assistance with writing an R&D Tax Credits Technical Report, we’re here to help. Contact us here for a free consultation.

Remember, having a well-structured and comprehensive Technical Report is key to validating your R&D tax credit claim. Don’t miss out on the benefits you deserve!