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Research and Development Tax Relief

​Research and Development Tax Relief

Tel: +44(0)20 7307 3737

Research and Development (R&D) is a Corporation Tax relief that may reduce your company’s tax bill. This tax relief can only be claimed if your company is liable for Corporation Tax. If your company is not liable for Corporation Tax it may be worth while reviewing the company structure to ensure it is the most effective for you and your business.

It is available for both SMEs and large companies.

RIBA Business is working in partnership with BDO LLP (previously Moore Stephens and now merged with BDO LLP) to provide a complete solution in claiming Research & Development tax relief.

The specialist team comprises engineers and software programmers as well as specialist finance professionals such as auditors and tax accountants. All are experienced in claiming R&D tax relief for architectural practices. In the last two years the partnership has enabled RIBA members to claim over £1 million pounds back in credits with a 100% success rate.

Fees only apply to successful claims, with nothing due until the claim is settled.

If you contact BDO LLP directly please state where you heard about the service to enable us to track awareness raising.

Download our leaflet on R&D Tax Claims.

Free webinars

Why not find out more by joining one of our free webinar events, given by a live speaker. You can view our presentation from your office PC.


This session will be held on Wednesday 4 September at 2.30pm. To register your interest, please email

Joining instructions and link will be issued prior to the event.

Employee Ownership Trust

This session will be held on Tuesday 10 September at 1.30pm. To register your interest, please email

Does your company structure mean that you can’t claim R&D credits? If so have you considered reviewing the company structure? As part of BDO’s service they can advise you on alternatives that may be more tax efficient. For example you could sell your business to an Employee Ownership Trust (EOT).

Joining instructions and link will be issued prior to the event.

What we do

The specialist R&D team will identify all qualifying costs for you. Once identified, these costs can be uplifted so:

  • taxable profits are reduced
  • small and medium (SME) size companies can surrender any tax losses for a cash credit

We will complete and submit the paperwork and all supporting evidence for you.

Many practices have already claimed R&D tax relief to some extent and some of these may even have had a visit from specialist tax inspectors as a result of the claim.
However there is often more that can be claimed and the specialist experts can provide a second opinion.

Their service covers meetings with HMRC inspectors and supporting the claims in the event of an enquiry or other meeting. To date, all their claims have been accepted by the HMRC as regards to technological and technical qualification.

For more information

Contact a member of the Business Team on:
Telephone +44 (0)20 7307 3737 or email

Working in partnership with BDO LLP

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