HMRC have just published revised guidance on amending earlier years’ R&D claims to include reimbursed employee expenses.
Historically, HMRC disallowed expenses if they were reimbursed, for both SME Research & Development Tax Credits and the Large company R & D scheme. This reduced the amount of qualifying staff costs claimable. This position was reinforced by a statement made by HMRC in October 2014.
HMRC say that their position on reimbursed expenses has now changed. As a result of this, many businesses may have understated claims as a result of their original guidance.
Companies can now claim as qualifying expenditure expenses reimbursed by an employee, provided that:
- The expense constitutes an expense to the company of employing staff, and
- The expense was originally paid by the employee to fulfil the requirements of their employment
Companies can amend claims to R&D tax relief made for accounting periods ended between 9 October 2014, and 31 January 2016, so allowing “out of date” claims from the issuing of the guidance on 8 October 2014 to date.
There is a deadline of 31 January 2018 for claims to be submitted to HMRC. UPDATE: on 15 February 2018 this was extended to 30 April 2018.
See Research & Development: subscriber guide to R & D Staff Costs for examples and illustrations
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