Over the last year it has become clear that HMRC are increasing their scrutiny of Research and Development (‘R&D’) claims, with a significant number of enquiry letters being sent out to companies in January. This is a clear change of stance from HMRC in an attempt to suppress the level of fraudulent claims they believe are currently being submitted.In addition to the above action, during Budget 2021, the government announced that it was changing how the Research and Development tax relief regime will work in the UK. The changes announced included:A change to the R&D rates applicable to both Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) business, and those that claim under the Research and Development Expenditure Credit (RDEC) regime;A refocus of the relief on UK R&D activities;An expansion of the qualifying expenditure categories that can be included within UK R&D claims;An extension of the meaning of R&D for UK tax purposes;The introduction of various additional requirements, introduced as ‘anti-abuse’ measures.Register for this webinar where experts from the Mazars Innovation Incentives team will provide an overview of the current HMRC landscape, and a practical overview of the above changes, including how the proposals might impact your business going forwards.
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Gary Collins - Partner - Head of Mazars Global Innovations Incentives Gary is a Tax Partner and Head of Mazars UK Innovation Incentives team. He is responsible for the direction and management of the team, which is engaged in the provision and maintenance of best practice for the R&D tax and Patent Box service for clients.Gary has over 30 years’ experience working in tax advisory services, most of which were spent in the Big 4 advising listed and multinational corporations.
Gary’s technical focus is on R&D tax credits (both under the RDEC and SME scheme), HMRC dispute and resolution services, and corporate planning and advisory services. He regularly provides highly proficient and commercial solutions to businesses in sectors such as Information Technology, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals and Engineering.Chris Ridley - Tax DirectorChris is a Chartered Tax Adviser with over 10 years’ experience providing tax advisory solutions to a diverse portfolio of organisations across a range of sectors, from entrepreneurial start-ups to listed and multinational corporations. He advises his client portfolio across all aspects of corporate taxation, whilst ensuring the need for tax strategies to benefit both companies and shareholders.
Chris has specific expertise supporting companies to navigate the UK Innovation Incentives reliefs where he to date has delivered over £25 million of cash repayments for his clients. Chris also sits on both the Global R&D board and UK Innovation Incentives group at Mazars.
Since joining Mazars in 2017, Chris leads the tax team across the UK South Coast, ensuring clients receive a high quality and proactive tax offering, whilst also driving growth across the region. Prior to joining Mazars, Chris trained at a top 10 accountancy firm where he started his career in audit, before transferring to tax, giving him a thorough understanding of the challenges businesses face.
Outside of work, Chris likes to travel and experience other cultures and is also a keen sportsman, playing both cricket and hockey.Richard Jones - Business Tax Manager - ICAEW Tax FcaultyRichard joined the Tax Faculty in November 2020 working alongside Angela Clegg. Together they coordinate the work of ICAEW on business tax and tax compliance & investigations matters and manage the committees related to these areas. Richard is a regular contributor to TAXline, newswire and IACEW’s Insights Podcast.Richard began his tax career at PwC where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2001. He looked after a range of clients from small owner-managed businesses through to the UK operations of large multi-national banks. He also spent time on secondment to the firm's learning and development team, managing the learning requirements of a UK-wide intake of corporate tax students.Richard has spent most of his career since then in the National Tax teams of firms such as PKF, BDO, RSM and most recently, Mazars. He has been involved in work covering knowledge management, training, tax standards reviews and other risk management matters, as well as keeping staff and partners in those firms up to date with the latest news and developments in the world of UK and international tax. His technical expertise lies especially in the direct tax issues facing small companies, OMBs and their owners
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