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SR&ED Is Not About Your Product!

Entrepreneur A: “Our mobile application is the first of it’s kind, and saves  people millions of dollars” CRA: “That’s nice, but sorry, your work isn’t eligible” — Entrpreneur B: “Our system was difficult to build, there was no documentation, and it was a  black box” CRA: “Sorry not eligible” — Entrepreneur C: “Our system works faster than our competitors in the field, and it did it in a totally new way” CRA: “Sounds like there might be something, but sorry, not eligible” One of the biggest misconceptions about the SR&ED program is that it is about the products you are developing. While you may be solving problems and use technology to achieve things that were previously not possible, this is actually not what the program is intended to fund. This is easily the biggest problem that entrepreneurs face when describing their work for the purposes of a SR&ED claim. The SR&ED […]


Subcontractors and SR&ED ‘Loopholes’

Subcontractors who are Canadian (i.e. companies operating in Canada), or individuals in Canada hired on a subcontract basis and are performing SR&ED eligible work, can be claimed under the program. The difference between subcontractors and employees is simply the refund rate. Through the program, a higher return rate is applied to salaried employees versus subcontractors. There is another scenario involving subcontractors that people mistakenly think is a loophole to be exploited. In some cases, a company will hire a Canadian subcontractor (typically a company) to perform some SR&ED eligible development on their behalf. The Canadian subcontractor then outsources this work offshore. Some outsourcing companies present this as a way to win business as they can lower their costs to the client, while still allowing the client to claim SR&ED on their work. In fact, this is not a loophole, and is something that the CRA accounted for long ago. Through a directive, that […]


Can a SR&ED Claim Be Retroactively Reviewed?

The majority of SR&ED claims submitted are accepted without being subjected to a detailed review. In these cases, the claim is considered “accepted as filed”. When this occurs, the CRA will send out a letter stating that the claim was accepted, but no determination was made about the eligibility of the work, but that they are accepted the claim in good faith. Typically once an SR&ED claim has been accepted as filed, it is not subject to reviews retroactively. This means that if you file a claim in the next fiscal year which may be a continuation of previous work and is rejected, in our experience it will not trigger a review of a claim previously submitted. With that said, the CRA has outlined several instances where a SR&ED claim that was was previously accepted as filed may be sent back for re-assessment (i.e. reviewed and possibly reduced or rejected). […]

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