31 January 2022

HMRC tackle SME R&D Tax Relief abuse

HMRC has released its review of R&D tax relief (also known as R&D tax credit), alongside details that confirm extra measures that will be put in place to end the abuse of R&D tax relief. Recent data suggests a loss of over £300 million due to fraud and error in R&D claims. In such cases, companies had claimed cash through the payable tax credit, despite having no R&D activity. Moreover, HMRC have also identified structures that had been set up with the intention to claim the payable tax credit, despite there being little employment or activity in the UK.