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Frozen Foods R&D Tax Credits

In the United States, the food market is very competitive, and businesses are constantly trying to keep up with the newest trends. For instance, 61% of global consumers now prefer plant-based protein dishes to meat-based alternatives. Such trends strongly affect even the frozen food sector, forcing it to produce more organic, all-natural, healthier options.

For this reason, frozen food companies invest heavily in R&D activities. Improving existing frozen foods, inventing new ones, or creating novel technologies to increase customer interest in their products are just a few examples of such operations. While these research projects are generally expensive, they also come with some tax incentives, like the R&D tax credit in the Frozen Foods industry. The credit can equal 22% of total QREs, but the exact sum depends on the state where the research is conducted.

Qualifying Costs and Activities

Frozen Foods R&D tax credit covers all research-related expenses like paying for third-party contractors, raw materials, and supplies. It can also help you cover job titles like culinary and process engineers, refrigeration and packaging specialists, project managers, nutritionists, food scientists, developers, and C-suite.

You can claim this incentive if your firm takes part in the following activities:

  • Enhancing the texture, flavor, and shelf life of frozen foods;

  • Testing new formulas, recipes, and packaging methods to prolong shelf life and preserve taste profiles;

  • Creating websites and applications for food delivery so that people may order frozen products;

  • Carrying out nutritional analysis to find nutritional characteristics;

  • Creating and developing processing machinery to enhance food quality or boost output effectiveness (for instance, cryogenic, flash, or air blast freezing).

Computing the Frozen Foods research and development tax credit can be complex. That is why we offer you a free quote and help with the application process without upfront costs.



What kind of companies can apply?

Frozen foods companies that conduct qualifying research activities.

What data do I need to calculate credit?

Claim period gross receipts.

What information do I need to provide?

General ledger expense detail, payroll records, project notes, project lists, emails, purchase orders, and other documents regarding QREs for the claiming period.

Is credit carryforward an option?

Yes, up to twenty years.

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