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Sectors that can qualify for R&D tax relief

R&D tax relief was introduced as an incentive to encourage businesses to invest in innovation. Any investment that provides development to new or existing products, services or processes in the UK may potentially be rewarded with tax relief. One of the advantages of the scheme is that companies from almost any sector can qualify.

The R&D tax relief scheme is most commonly applied to businesses in the following sectors:

  • Science and engineering
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Software development

These are all sectors where innovation may be necessary for business success.

Some examples of further industries that can claim R&D Tax relief include:

  • Agriculture
  • Architecture/Construction
  • Mechanical/Electrical


Updates following the Autumn Statement

The scope of R&D tax credits will be extended to include costs in respect of cloud computing and data development costs from 1 April 2023. This will be welcomed by many claimant companies, particularly those with a digital presence as these costs represent a significant proportion of their software development spend.

Find out more about this update in our Autumn Budget article here.

Sectors that focus on theoretical fields or social sciences such as pure maths and economics are unlikely to be able to claim for R&D Tax credit.


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Posted by Cowgills
9th November, 2021
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