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Florida State R&D Tax Credit

Refundable Tax Credit – Yes

Businesses can take advantage of the Research and Development Tax Credit in the state of Florida. Companies can use the credits to offset costs spent performing qualifying research activities against state and federal tax liabilities. The credit is often overlooked by companies simply because they don’t realize the work they are doing in their daily operations qualifies them. Companies performing any kind of research and development may be missing out on significant tax credits.

Businesses in Florida can take advantage of the federal R&D Tax credit, as well as credits specific to Florida state.

Florida State R&D Tax Credit Program Highlights

  • Qualifying research activities must take place in the state of Florida in order to qualify for the R&D credit.
  • The credit is limited 50% of a company’s tax liability.
  • Excess credits may be carried forward up to 5 years.
  • In order for a company to claim a Florida credit, they must also claim a federal credit.
  • Regarding the 2016 tax year, the credit amount is capped at $23 million for the entire state, reverting back to $9 million for future years.
  • The credits are allocated on a prorated basis once the state credit cap is reached.
  • The credit is equal to 10 percent (10%) of the excess of the qualifying research expenditures over the base amount.

Federal R&D Tax Credit Program Highlights

  • Every year, more than $7.5 billion in federal R&D credits are given out to companies across the United States.
  • The Research and Development Tax Credit provides cash incentives through the form of credits for companies performing research activities in the United States.
  • The credit offsets costs spent performing research activities against federal tax liabilities.
  • Tax credits may be carried forward as far as 20 years.
  • The credit can be taken by a business on all open tax years, typically the last three or four years, plus the current year.
  • The credit creates a significant reduction to current and future federal tax liabilities.
  • All companies can potentially benefit from the tax credit if qualifying research activities are taking place.

The Research and Development Tax Credit

R&D is a dollar for dollar tax credit that can be claimed by companies in the United States to offset costs spent performing research and development to benefit their business. Created as an incentive by the United States Government for businesses to undergo research activities to develop or improve their products, processes, or software, The R&D credit was made permanent on a federal level by the Protecting Americans Against Tax Hikes Act of 2015, allowing business owners to ensure their research activities would earn them the lucrative credit. The PATH Act also broaden the variety of industries that are able to claim the credit.

How to Apply

Claiming your R&D tax credits is made simple by our team at National Tax Group. During your call, we’ll determine if your research activities qualify your company to take advantage of the R&D Tax Credit Program. We’ll provide the proper documentation and remain by your side until all documentation is submitted and approved by the Internal Revenue Service. In the highly unlikely event of an audit, we will supply all materials needed to clear it at no extra cost for you. Contact our tax experts to get started.