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2023 R&D - Alternative Simplified Credit

Overview for 2023:

The R&D - Alternative Simplified Credit provides a simplified method to compute R&D tax credits for businesses. It is designed for companies with R&D expenses, offering a more straightforward calculation than the regular research credit.


Businesses must have qualified R&D expenses and accurately record these expenses and activities. The claim is filed using Form 6765.

Details of the 2023 Credit:

The credit calculation is based on a taxpayer's recent R&D spending rather than the qualified research expenses (QREs) incurred during the mid-1980s. The ASC rate is 14% of QREs exceeding 50% of the average QREs for the prior three tax years. If a taxpayer doesn't have QREs in all of the previous three years, the rate reduces to 6%.


The ASC simplifies the information required for claiming, making it more accessible. It allows for claiming even if the current year's QREs decrease relative to the prior year, as long as they exceed 50% of the prior three-year average.


The base amount updates annually based on the taxpayer's QREs in the prior three tax years. An increase in current year QREs could increase the base amount in future years, potentially reducing the credit amount earned in those years.


To be eligible, expenses must be genuine R&D costs in the experimental sense. The research should aim to discover technological information and be useful in developing a new or improved business component. Most activities must be part of an experimentation process.

Conclusion for 2023:

The 2023 R&D - Alternative Simplified Credit remains a valuable tool for businesses engaged in research and development. It offers a more straightforward approach to calculating tax credits, especially beneficial for entities experiencing fluctuations in R&D expenditures. Businesses should thoroughly evaluate their eligibility and consider the long-term implications on their tax position when opting for this credit.

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