Benefits Available from R&D Tax Extension
Some good news did actually come out of the 2014 Virginia legislative session. The benefits available from the VA Research and Development Tax Credit have been expanded and extended to 2018. For 2014, 15% or 20% of qualifying R&D expenses (the higher amount applies if the research was conducted in connection with a VA college or university) can be refunded in cash to the taxpayer or its owners. Because the actual maximum refund depends on the number of taxpayers who claim credits, past history suggests that the maximum 2014 cash refund for a taxpayer incurring at least $234,000 in qualified expenditures is between $46,800 and $93,600 (for university-connected research) and $35,100 to $70,200 for all other taxpayers.
Eligibility for the VA credits is very similar to the Federal R&D credit program. The Federal program is expected to be extended and liberalized by Congress shortly, so that eligibility for Federal and state credits should be more valuable than ever in 2014. More details on this and other tax law changes can be found here.
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