Claim your reward with Research and Development Tax Credits
The R&D Tax Credit scheme gives cash rewards to innovative companies to help them to continue innovating.
Zests’ specialist tax advisors help companies around the UK to quickly, and easily access these funds, and transform their business.
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Boasting a highly trained team of tax advisors, with a proven track record of success, and only charging you if your claim is successful, it's no surprise that our clients consistently rate R&D tax credit claim service as 5* on google.
That's why we're confident in making the commitment - if you're unsatisfied with our service we'll not charge you any fees for your first year with us.
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Unlike our competitors, we don’t make you sign any long-term contracts, so we'll never take your business for granted.
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Would certainly recommend
Due to their in-depth understanding of R&D claims, they ensured that only eligible costs were submitted as part of the claim, but also made us aware of other costs that could be included that we were previously unaware of in order to maximise the value of the claim. We were pleased that the final rebate was exactly in line with the amount that they advised we should receive.
I would not hesitate to use them again for a future R&D claim, and would certainly recommend them to other businesses who think they may be eligible through their R&D projects.”
George Smith MD
Walford Timber Ltd.
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Director of Edwards Diving Services Limited
Our purpose is to help companies around the UK do good things, and reach their potential, by maximising their use of R&D tax credits.
We work with Ecologi to ensure our business operations are carbon negative, and we offer reduced fees to companies working on green R&D projects.
Frequently asked questions
Find the answers to some of the most common questions our clients ask us and links to more information.
About R&D Tax Credits
What work qualifies as R&D?
For more information and examples - view this page.
Who can claim R&D tax credits?
Any limited companies that have conducted qualifying work can claim R&D tax relief.
However, there are two schemes:
- the R&D Tax Credit scheme designed for Small and Medium-sized companies
- the Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) designed for companies with over 500 staff, turnover over €100m, or a balance sheet over €86m.
For specialist help with either scheme - get in touch.
How far back can you claim R&D tax credits?
You can claim R&D tax credits up to 2 years after the end of the accounting period when the R&D took place.
For example, if you conducted R&D in your accounting period ending 31st March 2020, you would need to have made your claim by 31st March 2022.
How much will I get back?
The average claim for a small or medium-sized enterprise is over £50,000 for each accounting period they claim.
How are R&D Tax Credits calculated?
If you are a company with fewer than 500 staff and a turnover of less than €100million, you will be eligible to claim from the SME R&D Tax Credit Scheme. The amount you can claim will depend on whether your company is making a profit or loss.
For R&D spend until 1/4/2023:
- A profit-making company can receive up to 25% of its costs back
- A loss-making company it can be up to 33%.
For R&D spend after 1/4/2023:
- A profit-making company can recieve up to 21% of it's costs back
- A loss-making company can recieve up to 19% of it's costs back
To find out more - check out this article.
What if I used a sub-contractor or freelancer for R&D?
Find out more here.
What if we've recieved grant funding or subsidies for our R&D?
If your R&D has been directly subsidised by grant funding or subsidies, you may not be able to apply for the R&D tax credit scheme, however, you will always be able to apply for the Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC).
RDEC is slightly less generous, but still an important and valuable source of revenue.
What about R&D Intensive SME's
From 1st April 2023 - companies that are loss-making and spending more than 40% of their revenue expenditure on R&D will qualify for higher rates of relief. Overall they could claim a payable tax credit of up to 27% of their R&D expenditure (compared to 19% for non-intensive SME's).
The Claims Process
How long will a claim take?
We aim to complete your R&D tax claim documentation within 2 weeks of our review meeting and receiving the required information from you.
Your claim will then need to be submitted to HMRC. Once submitted, claims are normally paid out within 40 calendar days. However, HMRC has consistently found it challenging to meet this timeline and some claims can take over 100 days at busy times.
To find out more about the claims process - try this page.
How much time will I need to spend on a claim?
For more information on the claims process - try this link.
Will the research and development tax credit be made as a payment to me?
If you are loss making or you have already paid your Corporation Tax bill - you will receive a payable credit from HMRC.
How do Zest charge?
What records will Zest produce?
We'll create a document that explains what R&D tax scheme your company qualifies for, why the R&D work you do qualifies for relief, and how much cost can legitimately be claimed.
We'll also determine how much you will receive, work with your accountant to submit the claim to HMRC, and support you with chasing HMRC for payment if required.
Will Zest work with my accountant?
Can HMRC open an enquiry and will you defend it?
Part of our job is to help you minimize the risk of HMRC opening an enquiry into your R&D tax claim. However, they can't always be avoided.
Where an enquiry is instigated, we will defend it at no extra cost.
Find out about the upcoming changes on August 8th 2023 of submitting an additional information form to HMRC to support R&D tax credits claims.
Understand HMRC enquiries and compliance checks for R&D tax credit claims. Learn what triggers an enquiry and how to avoid getting an enquiry.
Discover how Green Steel, a recycling specialist secured an impressive £250,000 in Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credits.
While there is a vast amount of qualifying activity which can be claimed under the R&D scheme, there are some restrictions too. Find out what does not qualify.
Find out the changes announced in the spring statement including additional support for R&D intensive businesses.
Find out how how companies can meet the deadlines for R&D tax credit claims and all the key R&D tax relief changes coming into place in 2023.
Find out how much you could claim
Speak to one of our specialist tax advisors to find out in 15 minutes whether you could claim.
At Zest, we make claiming easy and stress-free. We work for you, doing all the heavy-lifting, so you can focus on growing your business.
So don’t wait any longer. Use the number, email, or contact form provided to turbo-charge your businesses journey.