HMRC has recently launched a new scheme that is meant to help first time small company claimants of Research & Development (R&D) tax relief.
Under the new Advance Assurance scheme as it is called, HMRC will allow an R&D claim without further enquiry for a company’s first 3 accounting periods, which will, according to HMRC, “allow [business owners] to concentrate on their business rather than focussing on their claim”.
Advanced Assurance also gives proof that the company will get R&D tax relief which may help them secure funding. Your accountant can apply for Advance Assurance on your behalf, although HMRC will still need to contact a company director or an employee (for example, research manager).
A company can apply for Advance Assurance whether it is planning to carry out R&D, or has already carried it out. However it must not have claimed R&D tax relief before, its annual turnover must be £2 million or less and it must employ fewer than 50 people.
If a company is new and doesn’t have an annual turnover figure, it can still apply as long as it hasn’t claimed R&D tax relief before.