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R&D Tax Credits in the Food Processing Industry: A Recipe for Success

The food processing industry is a dynamic sector, continually evolving to meet consumer demands and regulatory requirements. It's an industry where innovation is not just an advantage, but a necessity. As such, the food processing industry often engages in extensive research and development (R&D) activities. These activities can qualify for R&D tax credits, providing significant financial benefits for companies in this sector.

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Qualifying R&D Activities in the Food Processing Industry

The food processing industry is a hotbed of innovation. From developing new recipes to improving production processes, the sector is continually pushing the boundaries of what's possible. Here are some examples of qualifying R&D activities in the food processing industry:

  • Hiring food scientists and other knowledge workers: The expertise of these professionals is crucial in driving innovation in the food processing industry. Their work often involves developing new products and improving existing ones, which can qualify for R&D tax credits.
  • Developing new machinery and equipment: The creation of state-of-the-art machinery and equipment to produce and test food products is a qualifying activity. This includes the development of new food processes, such as batching sequences, mixing times and cooking temperatures and durations.
  • Improving existing production processes: Efforts to enhance efficiency in production processes can qualify for R&D tax credits. This includes activities aimed at reducing waste, improving yield and enhancing product quality.
  • Developing new recipes and improving existing ones: The creation of new food products and flavorings is a qualifying activity. This also includes efforts to enhance the sensory qualities or nutritional requirements of existing food products.
  • Creating innovative packaging: The development of new packaging designs to provide enhanced functionality or increase product shelf life is a qualifying activity. This includes the creation of sustainable packaging solutions.
  • Developing software for tracking the production chain: The creation of software solutions to enhance traceability in the food processing industry is a qualifying activity. This includes software for inventory management, quality control and supply chain management.
  • Enhancing food preservation: Efforts to improve the shelf life of food products through innovative preservation techniques can qualify for R&D tax credits.

Case Study: Food Client Saves Major Tax Dollars

One of our recent clients, a food delivery provider serving Long Island, Queens and Brooklyn in New York state, obtained substantial tax credits due to its investment in R&D. The company experiments to achieve maximum functionality and performance of each unique project. Its R&D activities encompass most of the qualifying activities enumerated above. Here's what we saved them in taxes:

Tax YearQREsTax Credit
2021$ 373,574$ 29,512
2020 $ 301,313$ 24,064
2019$ 314,563$ 24,850
2018$ 214,938$ 16,980

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