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Robotics (Technology) R&D Tax Credits

Technology is rapidly evolving, and the robotics industry is at the forefront. Robotic development has been used to increase efficiency, production, and workplace safety levels, saving billions for companies across the globe. For that reason, it has already become an irreplaceable part of the healthcare, defense, manufacturing, and agriculture industries. The robotics sector also continually engages in research and development initiatives to increase product usefulness, safety, and accuracy.

Accordingly, the federal government offers a special tax program called the Robotics (Technology) R&D tax credit to inspire investment in innovation. Numerous US states also have R&D-related credits that adhere to federal eligibility requirements. These incentives combined provide significant benefits to robotics companies with up to 22% of qualifying expenditures.

Qualifying Costs and Activities

You can calculate the R&D tax credit in the Robotics (Technology) industry by determining the amount of QREs. Qualifying research costs are made up of cloud computing services, wages, subcontractors, and supplies used for research. For instance, having the following job positions on the payroll makes you a suitable candidate: CAD and CAM designers, software developers, C-suite, robotics engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, product managers, and PhDs.

Also, many industry-related activities may qualify for R&D tax credits, including:

  • Creating or enhancing source code for machine learning;

  • Making functional first articles and prototypes;

  • Robotic arm programming (for example, to help during medical procedures and surgeries);

  • Designing robotic interaction and gameplays for rehabilitation and cognitive learning;

  • Automating warehouses in order to increase productivity and cut expenses.

Contact us for more information about the Robotics (Technology) research and development tax credit. We can deliver you a gratis estimate and help determine if your company’s activities qualify for this cash-saving tax credit option.



What kind of companies can apply?

Robotics 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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