Ireland’s R&D tax credit system is a major benefit to both multinational companies and SMEs operating in Ireland. The R&D tax credit was first introduced in Finance Act 2004 and offers a company undertaking R&D in Ireland a significant tax break, representing a potential 25% refund of costs incurred.
In order to utilise the R&D tax credit fully and optimally, it is important to ensure that all eligible costs are captured in the claim. Eligible R&D expenditure can come from a multitude of sources such as:
- direct costs;
- third party royalties;
- indirect costs/ancillary activities;
- plant and machinery;
- payments to third party subcontractors and third level institutes; and
- qualifying buildings/structures.