R&D Tax Relief

How can you benefit from the R&D Tax Relief? Reduce your income Tax through an extra deduction of 100% of the R&D expenditure on top of the regular accounting deduction.

What Are Research & Development Tax Credits?

The challenge of innovation plays a key role in the growth of a modern, knowledge-based economy. Poland has taken significant steps towards increasing its quality and quantity of Research and Development (R&D) since 2016 with the objective of encouraging R&D activity.

R&D Tax Relief allows companies to reduce their tax bill through an extra deduction of 100% of the R&D expenditure on top of the regular accounting deduction and in the case of remuneration of employees involved in R&D activities – the relief deduction amounts 200%.

This means that 19% of the R&D qualifying expenses of any Polish company is funded via the Polish R&D Tax Relief (as the applicable corporate income tax in Poland is 19%). Companies therefore benefit from a significant saving, e.g., companies spending 100,000 PLN in R&D qualifying expenditure would benefit from a saving of 19,000 PLN.

Currently, to the R&D tax relief has been added new reliefs include activities related to trial production and launching a new product on the market (the relief is 30% of the costs) as well as robotization of processes in the enterprise (50% of the costs).

How can you benefit from the R&D Tax Relief?

In order to benefit from the R&D Tax Relief, companies need to demonstrate that they conduct R&D activities , document the scope thereof and why they can be considered as R&D activities, and identify qualified costs incurred in relation to the R&D activities according to the Act on corporate income tax.

Leyton combines scientific and legal expertise to help companies claim the R&D Tax Relief they are entitled to on the basis of their R&D activities through a methodology that has been tested and validated through thousands of projects successfully realized for our clients all across the world. We assist companies in qualifying the eligibility of their projects as R&D based on commonly accepted standards and legal definition to make sure that any and all R&D qualifying expenditure are taken into account. And this all on a success fee basis, as we believe that you should not have to pay in the absence of any benefit.

Our approach

  • We work with licensed tax advisors with a scientific and innovation background to provide clients with the most relevant advices, and the savings they are entitled to.
  • Our methodology is to secure savings by properly documenting and substantiated them with the required background materials, and in certain cases, assist our clients in obtaining rulings.
  • Our audits are structured to minimize the time spent by your teams so that they can focus on their core business and R&D activity, and not waste time unnecessarily.
  • Unlike most accounting firms, we use technical profiles such as scientists, engineers, chemists, etc. to assess whether your projects qualify as R&D.
  • Our technical consultants are required to have worked or studied in their area of expertise ensuring they not only are aware of the challenges our clients face but have faced them themselves.
  • Once you combine this industry experience with financial knowledge, it leads to much larger tax savings, a quicker, smoother process and much more reliable recommendations for the client.

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Leyton’s assets

  1. Over 20 years’ experience in R&D finance in many countries.
  2. Dual expertise an established and unique optimisation process based on financial, technical and project management knowledge.
  3. Multidisciplinary teams experienced in almost every industry sector.
  4. Global reach and our international network of teams ensure optimal support and savings beyond national borders.
  5. Possibility to scan your projects for grants & subsidies purposes.
  6. Market monitoring and constant review of R&D legislation and developments to provide client with the newest solutions and drivers for optimisation.
  7. No risk engagement – we offer an exclusive success fee structure based on our clients’ benefits.

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