R&D Tax Credits

Research & development tax credits are a valuable tax incentive for businesses engaged in research and development activities. Created by the U.S. government in 1981, the R&D tax credit allows businesses to offset their tax liability by a percentage of their eligible research expenses. Research tax credit is available to companies in a wide range of industries and can be used to fuel innovation and growth. If you think your business may be eligible for the R&D tax credits, we are here to help you determine your eligibility and maximize your credit.

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Our Specialties

As a R&D tax credit firms, At Tributan, we focus on maximizing the value of the credits while reducing the time to obtain them. Our R&D tax services focus is to minimize the time it takes to complete the process ensuring the maximum ROI for your time

  • Specialize in all industries

    We’ve worked with companies in over forty industries and have expertise in assisting businesses across the U.S. in maximizing their value.

  • Extensive experience

    At Tributan we have nearly 15 years of experience with the R&D credit, and have a thorough understanding of the best ways to take advantage.

  • Accuracy through detailed analysis

    We focus on the analysis since that directly impacts the value of the credits, and its accuracy. We do in depth interviews and reviews of financial documentation to ensure were capturing every dollar possible.

  • Maximum value creation

    Our mission is to get money back into growing companies so they can innovate and hire. We focus on maximizing value so you can reinvest the proceeds and scale your business.

Reap the benefits of tax savings

There are many lucrative federal and state tax credits and incentives available to companies which could result in tax savings. Those savings could be invested in hiring new employees, developing new products or services, purchasing new equipment or even just improving your profitability. We look holistically at potential tax credits and incentives that may be available for your company in the context of your entire tax planning strategy.

This ensures that companies actually get the maximum benefit from credits and don’t waste time or money on credits that aren’t ultimately beneficial to you.


Why does this government do this?

The government wants to keep innovation here in the United States by incentivizing companies to develop projects by reducing the financial risk on projects where cost might prevent them from pursuing them.

Why haven’t I heard about this?

You’re not alone, even though the credit has been around since 1981, it was typically reserved only for large corporations. It wasn’t until 2016 that the credit benefits were expanded and reporting requirements burden reduced, opening the door for millions of additional companies that didn’t have access before.

Can my CPA do this?

Yes, they can, but most CPA’s don’t have the resources or expertise needed to locate and capture the full value of your credits, which is why so many partners with specialists like us to handle that part of your return.

Is it worth the time?

Absolutely! Considering the positive impact on your cash flows or bottom line and that your assessment can typically be completed in 90 minutes, this is the reason why this credit scoresvery well on something we call the “Good to Grief Ratio” which measures the value you receive vs. the time you have to put in to get that value.

How does it benefit me?

This dollar-for-dollar credit can be claimed up to three years back, bringing in cash for those years, immediately helping any cash needs, and can be carried forward 20 years, reducing future taxes and therefore increasing your profitability and valuation. There is no limit on income tax credits, and we can go up to 1.25 million in payroll taxes for startups.

Why does this government do this?

The government wants to keep innovation here in the United States by incentivizing companies to develop projects here. Also, the credit can be the deciding factor on whether to take on projects in which cost might normally prevent them from pursuing.

How do I know if I qualify?

Contact us, and our experts will prescreen the business to help determine if you qualify before you spend any time going through our process

How is a credit different than a deduction?

Regarding tax deduction vs. tax credit, the essential difference between deduction and credit is that a credit directly decreases the amount of tax you owe while adeduction lowers your overall amount of taxable income. A nonrefundable credit lets you reduce your tax liability to 0.

If I claim the credit can I still expense?

Yes, you get to double dip! Meaning you can expense the items like you normally would while also claiming the credit to get additional benefits.

Isn’t the R&D credit just for tech or scientific companies?

No. It’s for all types of companies, many that don’t even realize are eligible.

What is the startup provision?

The startup provision allows companies to claim credits against payroll taxes if they’re not paying income tax. This is great for pre-revenue firms that are spending a lot on product development but haven’t gone to market yet. We can decrease your burn rate by getting you money back. You can claim up to 250k a year, and up to 1.25 million in total.

Is the payroll benefit only for startups or small businesses?

No. It just needs to have:

  1. Gross receipts less than $5 million in the taxable credit year.
  2. No gross receipts for any taxable year preceding the 5-taxable year period ending with the taxable credit year.
  3. R&D payroll tax credit can use in that year.

So even companies that have been around for more than five years and have spent billions of dollars to develop or improve any component could be eligible.

Can companies more than 5 years old get the payroll benefit?

Yes. Although the law is intended to benefit small businesses, any company formed prior to 2012 that did not receive gross receipts could also potentially benefit.

What is the 4-part test, and what activities qualify?"

The 4-part test consists of the 4 primary attributes used to determine if an activity qualifies for a credit. Each activity needs to have:

  1. Qualified purpose
  2. Technological uncertainty
  3. Process of experimentation
  4. Technological in nature

In other words, these activities must attempt to create or improve the process, have uncertainty on whether it will be a success or failure, be technical in nature, and have a process of experimentation.

What expenses qualify?

There are three buckets of expenses that qualify: supply costs, contractor costs, and wages. Each of these costs must be assigned to a qualifying project for the expenses to be claimed.

When do I claim the payroll tax offset?

The payroll tax offset is available on a quarterly basis beginning in the first calendar quarter that begins after a taxpayer files their federal income tax return.

What is the R&D payroll tax credit requirements?

The R&D payroll tax credit requirements vary by country and jurisdiction. It typically involves qualifying research and development activities and meeting specific criteria for eligible expenses and documentation.

Claim valuable R&D Tax credits

R&D Tax Credits result in an immediate benefit to a company by reducing, current and future years’ federal tax liability—creating a ready source of cash. The credit provides a dollar-for-dollar offset against taxes owed or paid, which differs from a deduction.

Tributan has collected over

$200 Million dollars

in R&D Credits for its clients.