R&D payment delays

HMRC have contacted us to say they are pausing some Research & Development Tax Credit (RDTC) payments while they investigate some irregular claims.

HMRC have asked us to share the following information in connection with this issue:

  • The majority of R&D relief claims are unaffected but there will be some delays to their usual processing times, this will ensure they prevent abuse of the relief. 
  • To help process R&D payments quickly, please ensure you have completed all entries on the R&D section of your Corporation Tax return (CT600 form). 
    • Submitting additional information to support the claim, such as the R&D report will help HMRC process the claim quicker. 
    • Review the latest guidance on completing your CT600 form on GOV.UK
    • If you submit a claim that is incorrect, inflated or fraudulent then you may be liable to a penalty. 
  • HMRC ask R&D claimants to be patient and not to contact the R&D helpline/mailbox to chase their claims. Instead, agents should check the company’s online account to check the status of their claim.
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