There’s been a lot in the news recently about R&D, but despite the tougher stance HMRC is now taking, we’ve continued to successfully submit claims for our clients. In fact, we've actually managed to increase the amount we've claimed year on year.
Back in March this year, HMRC declared they would be taking a tougher stance on the claims being submitted. Companies would now be required to give much greater clarity and detail when submitting claims for R&D. Fortunately, most of the "extra" detail HMRC requested has been something we include as part of our standard process and service so we're confident our clients won't see any too much change.
One particular area that they are now focused on is the ‘competent professional,’. This means that future claims will have to include more detail about our clients' careers, qualifications and business dealings, to show HMRC that you are the competent professional we already know you to be! There has also been a small reduction in the claimable amount from March 2023, and a notification period for new and delayed claims.
For our clients, this underlines the importance of early engagement with new claims. We advise documenting your projects and expenses as they occur. If you need assistance with effective tracking and monitoring, we're here to provide that guidance. Please feel free to get in touch for more information.