Research and Development (R&D) tax reliefs, including the small or medium sized enterprise (SME) scheme, support businesses to invest and are a core part of the government’s support for innovation. To help prevent abuse of the SME scheme, Budget 2018 announced that the amount of payable tax credit that a qualifying loss-making business can receive through the relief in any one accounting period will be capped. The cap will be three times the company’s total PAYE and NICs liability for that year and will be implemented from April 2020.
The government is consulting on how the cap will be applied, so as to minimise any impact on genuine businesses, before it is legislated in Finance Bill 2019-20. The government welcomes responses and input from businesses and their representatives currently using or planning to use the payable tax credit.
Ways to respond
Business, Assets and International
CT Innovation & Growth team
HM Revenue and Customs
100 Parliament Street