IMPORTANT R&D CHANGES FROM APRIL 2023Feb 03 2023
The government are committed to several significant changes to Research & Development (R&D) tax relief from 1 April 2023. It also looks increasingly likely that the two existing systems will be merged into a single system in future years, and we hope to hear more in the March 2023 Budget.
We already know that there will be a significant reduction in the tax relief available to qualifying SME companies from 1 April 2023, with the current 230% tax relief reducing to just 186%. The effect of this change combined with the reduction in the credit rate will reduce the repayable credit for loss-making SMEs from £33.35 per £100 spend to just £18.60. Companies affected should consider the timing of their R&D expenditure.
For non-SME companies, the R&D Expenditure Credit (RDEC) is being increased from 13% to 20% as part of the gradual alignment.
There are also significant changes to the claim notification procedure from April 2023.