Water, Sewerage And Waste

R&D Tax Credit Examples, Hints & Tips To Maximise Value
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Water, Sewerage And Waste​

With water, sewerage and waste being an essential part of everyone’s life, there is no doubt that the sector is rich in R&D. With the world becoming more environmentally aware, many companies are coming up with innovative solutions to become more eco-friendly. 

The R&D Tax Credit incentive is set to award businesses in and alongside the water, sewerage and waste sector, to allow innovation within the process of adapting changes that can shape the world into a better future.

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FAQ

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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 cleaning product which had an advancement, this could be claimed for the R&D incentive. Anytime you have attempted an advancement in the Accommodation and Food sector, whether this worked or not, could still have the potential to be a qualifying activity.

In 2020, there were only 325 claims processed by HMRC for the Accommodation and Food sector, but on average you could receive £30,769 for your successful  claim based on current statistics.

Where do we start? You can claim for:

  • New recipe creation
  • New, bespoke equipment development
  • Innovating new packaging options
  • 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 machinery that does not meet your manufacturing requirements however being unable to resolve the issue
  • Managing environmental factors, decreasing your carbon footprint during  your manufacturing process 
  • If a recipe or cleaning product didn’t work as well as you anticipated and didn’t provide you with what you needed

Innovative Companies In The Water, Sewerage And Waste Sector

Here are just several of the many companies that are innovative in the water, sewerage and waste sector

4 Project Examples

Below are project examples that would qualify for r&d tax credits in water, sewerage

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Development

Developing brand new systems that increase efficiency of production.

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Machinery

The development of new machinery that makes your manufacturing process highly efficient, which increases your capacity.

Packaging innovation

Packaging

Developing new packaging that reduces the risk while transporting products can also be claimed for.

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Sustainability

Reducing your carbon footprint, so for instance implementing a new manufacturing process that reduces usage of water, fuel or energy.

FAQ

Frequently asked
questions.

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 made an advancement to a piece of machinery that meant you could either manufacture something much quicker or with decreased carbon footprint, those are the kind of costs you could claim for. As long as the amendments are bespoke and improve your whole sector, you can claim for costs incurred during your R&D process. 

In 2020, there were only 475 claims processed by HMRC for the Water, Sewerage and Waste sector, but on average you could receive £52,632 for your successful claim based on current statistics. The whole sector claimed £4.4bn last year so you can really tell that it’s worth putting your claim through. 

Where do we start? You can claim for:

  • Development of new systems
  • New, bespoke equipment development
  • Innovating new packaging options
  • A portion of your utilities bill
  • Subcontractors (up to 65%)
  • Reimbursed expenses

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 machinery that does not meet your manufacturing requirements however being unable to resolve the issue
  • Managing environmental factors, decreasing your carbon footprint during your manufacturing process 
  • If a recipe or cleaning product didn’t work as well as you anticipated and didn’t provide you with what you needed

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Costs Which Don't Qualify

Sometimes the parts you may think qualify, don’t. Here are some examples of what doesn’t qualify in the water, sewerage and waste sector.

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Rent

Rent does not qualify for R&D Tax Credits under any circumstance.

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Marketing

Anything that comes under marketing is unable to be added into the costs for your R&D claim. For example, making a website would not be able to qualify.

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Patent Costs

The cost of applying for a patent 'IP intellectual property' is not able to qualify under R&D Tax Credits.

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Purchasing Land

Purchasing land is another cost which will not qualify for the incentive. So for example, if you purchased land to develop the idea the land will not be allowed to be claim for.

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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