(…also known as the most comprehensive, interactive resource and guide to SR&ED.)
This interactive website contains detailed information and step-by-step instructions to help you navigate the complex world of the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit—an incredibly generous incentive program that gives out upwards of $3.1 billion per year to innovative Canadian companies.
Our team of SR&ED experts regularly updates the content here to ensure that it is up to date, reflecting any recent developments in the program. We have created the most comprehensive interactive resource about SR&ED in Canada—to help you receive the full refund you qualify for with the least amount of hassle.
When was this guide last updated?
January 2019. Updates to the Legal Rulings Database.
Tired of guessing what your refund might be? This calculator is designed for consultants and advanced users who need to provide more accurate estimates but don't want to input all the variables into their accounting software. This calculator:
- Incorporates Contract Payments for SR&ED and Government Assistance (ex. IRAP) into calculations,
- Allows users to waive the ORDTC if desired (Ontario only),
- Calculates the SR&ED tax credits for non-CCPCs,
- Calculates the refundable and non-refundable portions of the SR&ED tax credits for non-CCPCs.
A plain-language, step-by-step application guide suitable for startups and first-time claimants.
- Better understand the basics of SR&ED:
- - How long claims take.
- - What forms are required.
- - Unique insights and information on the SR&ED program from an ex-CRA, SR&ED program employee!
- Learn what documentation works and how to keep it correctly.
- Learn when to file your SR&ED claim.
- Learn what projects are likely to be eligible for SR&ED.
- Get unique insights on how to write a technical narrative (Part 2 of the T661 form) for a successful SR&ED claim:
- - What key information should be included.
- - What is a technological objective?
- - What is your knowledge base?
- - What is an "advancement"?
- Learn what costs should be included.
We take you through the entire T661 form step-by-step, with exclusive T661 examples!
Don’t lose thousands! An explanation of how to respond in the event of an audit or review, including insider information on your rights as a taxpayer and how to interact with the CRA. Use this information to work with the CRA towards a positive resolution.
- We take you through the entire review process:
- - How long a review takes.
- - Non-technical Reviews.
- - General Reviews.
- - Specialist Reviews.
- - Financial Reviews.
- - What you should do if you disagree with the CRA's decision.
- - The dispute resolution process, including the appeals branch, tax court, federal court and supreme court processes!
- - Benefits to lawyers and SR&ED consultants when SR&ED claims are reviewed.
- Links to key CRA documents.
A database of over 200 court cases that have affected SR&ED since the inception of the program.
Interested in mastering SR&ED?
We have several levels that are perfect for SR&ED neophytes through SR&ED industry veterans.
Entrepreneur. This membership includes a step-by-step application walkthrough with writing tips.
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