Georgia Research and Development Tax Credit Summary

R&D Tax Credits are a valuable benefit for companies developing new products and services in Georgia. R&D Tax Credits are available to any company that increases its qualified research spending. New companies, start-ups, existing and established companies embarking on R&D for the first time or expanding their R&D budget are all eligible for R&D Tax Credits. R&D Tax Credit detail for the state of Georgia:

  • Qualified Research Expenses (QREs) have the same meaning as in IRC § 41, except that such expenses must be for research conducted within Georgia.
  • The credit is equal to 10 percent of the excess of the QREs over the base amount.
  • The credit can be used to offset up to 50 percent of net Georgia income tax liability, after all other credits have been applied.
  • Excess R&D Tax Credits can be used against state payroll withholding.
  • Any unused R&D Tax Credits can be carried forward for up to 10 years.
  • To claim the credit a company must submit Form IT-RD and Federal Form 6765 with its Georgia income tax return for each tax year in which the QREs were incurred.

Georgia R&D Tax Credit Case Study

An Atlanta company designs and develops industrial components for the oil and gas industry. The company claims R&D Tax Credits each year for the development activities of its engineers. This project involved a multi-year study covering the tax years 2011 – 2014. The Company qualified for federal R&D Tax Credits of $219,917 and an additional $145,750 of state R&D Tax Credit in Georgia.

Total QREs
 Total QREs Total Georgia
Gross Receipts
2014 $ 800,000$ 72,917 $ 800,000$ 600,000$ 62,000
2013 650,00057,750 650,000500,00043,750
2012 575,00051,917 575,000400,00027,500
2011 450,00037,333 450,000250,00012,500
Total $2,475,000$219,917 $2,475,000$1,750,000$145,750