F6S SR&ED Consulting services help thousands of SMEs and startups grow with more than $249 million in R&D Tax incentive cash back and tax credits.
Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) is a Canadian government initiative that encourages businesses, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), startups and individuals to conduct research and development in Canada. It is commonly pronounced as “SHRED” and is one of Canada's largest and most significant tax incentive programs. Annually, the SR&ED Program pays more than $3 billion in tax credits to over 20,000 companies. The program is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Visit our SRED page to learn more about SR&ED tax credits.
Hiring a Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) consultant is a good idea unless you’re a member of the SR&ED Program's Account Executive Service. Although only available to a limited number of companies, the Account Executive Service assigns a dedicated SR&ED Program account executive to your organization. The account executive then advises you on getting maximum benefits from available tax incentives.
A SR&ED tax consultant helps you navigate the complex SR&ED requirements and overcome administrative hurdles associated with the SR&ED tax credit scheme. SR&ED claim consultants are also likely to better understand all of the do’s and don’ts of a SR&ED application. As just one example, a SR&ED consultant can help you put together product development descriptions guaranteed to be compliant with the rules and meet legal and CRA expectations.
Choosing the best SR&ED consultant can be overwhelming with so many options available. If you choose wrong, a rejected SR&ED claim not only results in lost credits, but also encourages the CRA to scrutinize future SR&ED applications you submit. It’s recommended to keep the following in mind when choosing a SR&ED tax credit consultant:
Given the complex nature of SR&ED Tax Credits, you are usually better off hiring a SR&ED tax consultant who charges you fees only after a successful claim. In general, it’s important to make sure you clarify the fee structure in advance before starting any work with SR&ED consultants. A free consultation is usually useful in helping you get comfortable with a SR&ED consultant before you start.
Successful SR&ED claims require a strong understanding of accounting, legal and technical domains. Choose an SR&ED consultant who has extensive knowledge and expertise across these areas in claiming SR&ED tax credits for your industry or in industries similar to yours.
Conduct thorough research before choosing any SR&ED consultant. Ask about their client base, the number of years of experience they have and their stability as an ongoing consultant. The internet generally has a wealth of information, including what their clients have to say about them. Finally, a good SR&ED consultant will go the extra mile based on a commitment to companies like yours to get you the maximized amount for your SR&ED claim.
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