R&D Tax Credit for Architects

Architectural firms often do not realize that they are eligible for the R&D tax credit. This Research tax credit allows companies to realize tax savings, increase cash flow and stay competitive in the marketplace. Many of the qualifying activities are considered day-to-day operations for the construction industry.

The benefits can be significant and are efficient to realize through our services. The R&D tax credit can provide a hidden but immediate source of cash for architectural firms from prior years, plus a significant reduction to current and future years’ federal and state tax liabilities.

To qualify for the R&D Tax Credit, you will need to meet three cost components:

  1. Expense of direct wages;
  2. Expense of supplies consumed; and
  3. Cost of contract research.

Typical Qualifying Research and Development Tax Credit Activities:

  • Energy efficiency development
  • Developing schematic designs
  • Master planning process and design
  • Developing elevation drawings for planning
  • Developing the construction documents
  • Designing of a site plan to accommodate or include site features
  • Designing and developing building facades
  • LEED certification
  • Design of systems in a building
  • Designing the shape of a building
  • Designing the way a building is situated on the site

Our R&D Tax Credit practice consists of engineers, CPAs, and attorneys who have extensive experience conducting R&D Tax Credit Studies at both the federal and state level. Our process begins with a free assessment to ensure that the company qualifies for the credit and would be able to utilize them. Each of our studies includes a site visit to help facilitate the study process. We also include audit support with all of our studies. This is a conservative federal and state incentive that was just made permanent by Congress as part of the 2015 PATH Act. Contact ETS for more information at 800-236-6519 or email here.

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