The heightened enforcement efforts by HMRC regarding research and development (R&D) claims have been extensively discussed.

It is now more crucial than ever to ensure the accurate application of rules, rates, and procedures when submitting claims. Nevertheless, given the various changes coming into effect on different dates, the upcoming filing seasons pose a considerable challenge. The complexity persists whether a company has been claiming tax relief or credits for SMEs or the R&D expenditure credit (RDEC).

One notable change that advisers and claimants might have already encountered is the introduction of the additional information form (AIF). The mandate for submitting an AIF before incorporating a claim into a company tax return has been in effect for all claims made on or after 8 August 2023, regardless of the corresponding accounting period.

ICAEW resources on the changes

The ICAEW has provided useful diagrams to help with the changes. Find their coverage here.

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