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R&D Tax Credits for the Automotive Industry
Refunds are available for companies performing research within the Automotive Industry. The research credit provides dollar-for-dollar cash savings each year for companies performing activities related to the development of new or improved products and processes. These benefits could provide much needed cash to hire additional employees, increase R&D, expand production facilities, etc.
Many companies involved with automotive processes are unaware that their efforts within designing and developing their products can yield a large amount of research credits. Examples of R&D activities related to the industry as well as potentially qualifying job titles are listed below.
Examples of Qualifying R&D Activities
- Computer-aided design (CAD), modeling, and simulation of parts
- Designing and testing prototypes such as vehicle body, alternator, battery, serpentine belts, drivetrain system, transmissions, airbags, brakes, tires, windows, and electrical components
- Improving efficiencies in manufacturing processes of the automotive body and internal components
- Improving existing parts to increase performance and reliability
- Testing automotive parts to meet regulatory compliance and safety requirements
Potentially Qualifying R&D Job Titles
- Automotive Engineers
- Brake Specialists
- Electrical Engineers
- Engineering Managers
- Production Engineers
- Production Supervisors
For tax years beginning after December 31, 2015, eligible small businesses (those with $50 million or less of gross receipts) may claim the research credit against AMT liability.
Up to $250,000 in Payroll Tax
Qualified start-up companies may elect to use up to $250,000 of the research credit against payroll taxes. Treasury Regulations have substantially broadened the range of taxpayers who are eligible for the credit. Start-ups to publicly traded businesses who were previously unable to realize a benefit from this lucrative tax credit should reassess their eligibility.
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Research and Development Tax Credit Insights
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On February 14, 2023, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) sent a letter urging Congress to address expired and expiring tax provisions to avoid needless complexity and ambiguity. More specifically, the AICPA called on Congress to defer the Internal Revenue Code Section 174 amortization requirement for research and experimental expenditures until 2026. The … Read More
IRS Issued Additional Guidance on Section 174, Specified Research or Experimental Expenditures
This article has been updated from its original posting on Dec. 15, 2022. The Treasury Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued Revenue Procedure 2023-11 providing updated guidelines for accounting method changes for the treatment of specified research or experimental expenditures under Section 174 that changed with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 … Read More
KBKG Tax Insight: Tax Court Denies Construction Company R&D Credits
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An Introduction to the Reverse Plea to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives to Extend Section 174
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This Month’s Webinars
Looking for CPE credit? We have several sessions available this month. Click the links below to register. If you have questions or need help registering, please email [email protected] Research & Development Tax Credits 11/1/2022 | 12:00 PM PT | 1 hour | 1 CPE credit This webinar will cover the fundamentals of the Research and … Read More
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KBKG Tax Insight: Changes to Recently Amended Texas Franchise Tax Regulations
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KBKG Tax Insight: Reviving Missouri’s R&D Tax Credit 2023
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