R&D Tax Credit Examples, Hints & Tips To Maximise Value
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Electronics is one of the biggest sectors within the Research and Development incentive. Electronics is a highly versatile sector, so don’t miss your chance and see if you’re eligible to claim!

 We know that there are a lot of nuances regarding this incentive but that’s why specialists like ourselves are on the market. R&D is everywhere without you even necessarily realising this. We can conduct a casual meeting with yourself to understand your business, how you operate and what costs you’ve incurred that could qualify.


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4 Project Examples

Here are just a few examples of what can be claimed for in the R&D sector for Electronics.


Creating new programming languages or the creation of new tools, which aim to advance the function of operating systems or existing software.


The advancement of image processing or character recognition. For example, creating a software which can easily detect an individual which could then be used for something like security.


The development of new hardware or software which aims to achieve new ways to capture and process data.

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Upgrading existing software which can run on new hardware and adapt to the advancements taking place in electronics. For example, a new phone now has X feature, and you create Y application which benefits one another.


Frequently asked

In short, yes. The best thing to do is to figure out how much R&D you are doing, you should then be able to assign a proportion of your light, heat, water and power that was used for your R&D and amend your claim accordingly. 

One of the biggest portions of claims for the Research and Development tax incentive is circled around staff costs. Whether that might be people directly involved within the R&D or others who might be indirectly involved.

No, you do not need to create a new product to qualify for R&D Tax Credits. For example, if you tweaked a system, this could be claimed for the R&D incentive. Anytime you have attempted an advancement in the Electronics sector, whether this worked or not, could still have the potential to be a qualifying activity.

In 2020, there were a staggering 10,045 claims processed by HMRC for the Electronics sector, making it one of the largest sectors in R&D. On average you could receive £77,153 for your successful claim. There has never been a better time to put your claim in for the R&D Tax Relief Incentive.

Where do we start? You can claim for:

  • New software or the development of new hardware
  • New, bespoke electronic development
  • Innovating new applications 
  • A portion of your utilities bill
  • Subcontractors (up to 65%)

Yes! You are able to claim for unsuccessful projects as this falls under the ‘uncertainty’ you faced during the Research and Development you undertook.

Examples of uncertainty for R&D are;

  • Attempting to fix an issue with a piece of software that does not meet the requirements however being unable to resolve the issue
  • If a software, still has issues after attempting everything in order to resolve, this could be eligible to claim R&D

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Costs which don't qualify

Find out what doesn’t qualify under the R&D incentive within Electronics.

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Sounds like a silly thing, but if you can find your project or similar activity on a google search, then it's not R&D. You project must be one of its kind and answer challenges in your field.

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If you have developed a branch of an existing system, the costs of maintenance will not be considered as qualifying expenditure.

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Company vs Sector advancements

You can implement a system that advances your company, but if you implement it without any modifications and it does not advance your industry, it won't qualify.

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IP rights

Where the IP rights in the development belong to someone else – e.g. computer company develops a new portal/bridging facility for a client, as per their contract. Potentially the rights, belong to the client, not the computer company.

Find more about R&D in your sector!

Depending on your company size, you may qualify under the RDEC scheme (Research and Development Expenditure Credit) or under SME incentive (Small Medium Enterprises).

Find out more about your eligibility today.

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