This blog summarizes the technical and financial changes made to the SR&ED program as of Jan 2014.
For project descriptions, CRA wants project descriptions to include the following five elements:
- What were we trying to achieve and what technological (not technical) challenges we encountered?
Why technology sought exceeds prior limitations?
- What hypothesis was formulated to address the technological challenge?
How does a new idea close the gap?
- What scientific work was done to prove / disprove the hypothesis?
How this work advances the technology sought?
- Did the work result in scientific advancement?
- Clearly demonstrate the planned approach including:
- The experiments and/or analysis conducted,
- The results obtained, their interpretation, and
- The conclusions.
A good example illustrating these aspects is as follows:
- Challenge – Smartphones GPS unable to retrieve the location information indoors
- Hypothesis – Is it feasible to use LLA (Latitude-Longitude-Altitude) markers, which once scanned could possibly provide accurate location coordinates?
- Work Done – Developed code, hardware, etc. to use LLA markers;tested LLA markers in various conditions
- Conclusion – LLA markers did not work because……brief explanation, or LLA markers worked and we have successfully developed the ability to make GPS work indoors
These stringent new requirements are coupled with a reduction in tax credits. These reductions are more significant for larger corporations; for small, private corporations (CCPC’S), the following are reduced:
- Proxy from 60% to 55%
- Contract work from 100% to 80%
- Capital from 40% to Zero
Raj Phalpher, P.Eng, CMC, is the Chief Results Officer of Resultel Technologies Inc. Raj’s focus is exclusively on SR&ED tax credits since 2002. Previously he provided training, counseling, and support to some of the world’s largest and most prestigious organizations in both the public and private sectors. Raj founded and chaired Emeritus of Toronto SPIN (Software Process Improvement Network) and is the Past-President of CIPS Toronto Chapter . Raj currently serves on several boards: GTA Chapter Board of the Canadian Association of Management Consultants [CAMC], Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar, Oakville Senior Citizens Residence and Shared Services International in addition to owning the Networking track of Silicon Halton monthly meetups. [Email] [LinkedIn] [Web]