Tax Incentives

Research & Development (R&D) tax credit regime

Bernard Doherty
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The purpose of the R&D tax credit regime is to encourage both foreign and indigenous companies to undertake new or additional R&D activity in Ireland. It is a very valuable relief for qualifying companies.


Qualifying companies

Companies that are within the charge to Irish corporation tax and carrying on R&D activities within the European Economic Area or the UK may receive a credit of 25% for qualifying expenditure. Combined with the standard corporate tax deduction for R&D expenditure (valued at 12.5%), companies undertaking qualifying R&D can claim a total tax benefit of €37.50 for every €100 of expenditure. 

Qualifying R&D activity generally requires that the company engages in systematic activity which seeks to achieve a scientific or technological advancement, and which involves the resolution of scientific or technological uncertainty.

Companies are not required to hold the intellectual property rights resulting from the R&D work.  There is no requirement for the R&D work to be successful.

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Qualifying R&D expenditure

Eligible R&D expenditure can come from a multitude of sources. Examples of expenditure incurred by the company in the carrying on of qualifying R&D activities include:

  • wages and salaries;
  • raw materials;
  • plant and machinery used for the R&D activity.

Where a company has received or will receive grant assistance, then the amount received is required to be deducted from the expenditure incurred on the R&D activities.


How to claim

The R&D tax credit claim must be filed within 12 months of the company’s year-end, thus there is an incentive to consider whether any immediate action is required. The company must have appropriate records to support the claim.


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