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IMPORTANT R&D CHANGES FROM APRIL 2023

Updated: Mar 16, 2023


The government are committed to a number of important changes to Research & Development (R&D) tax relief from 1 April 2023. It also looks increasing likely that the two existing systems will be merged into a single system in future years (we hope to hear more in the March 2023 Budget).


We already know that there will be a significant reduction in the tax relief available to qualifying SME companies from 1 April 2023, with the current 130% tax relief reducing to just 86%. The effect of this change combined with the reduction in the credit rate will reduce the repayable credit for loss making SMEs from £33.35 per £100 spend to just £18.60. Companies affected should consider the timing of their R&D expenditure.


For non-SME companies the R&D Expenditure Credit (RDEC) is being increased from 13% to 20% as part of the gradual alignment.


There are also important changes to the claims notification procedure from April 2023.

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