R&D Tax Credits for Construction and MEP Firms

The construction and MEP industry isn't just about building structures — it's about continuous innovation. From designing custom systems to experimenting with new materials and evaluating alternative construction processes, numerous activities qualify for valuable R&D tax credits.

This applies to both construction companies and MEP engineering firms, even when their focus is on specific aspects of a project. The key lies in addressing technical uncertainties, which are prevalent in:

  • Custom system design (new & existing structures)
  • Developing innovative construction methods
  • Experimenting with new materials
  • Continuously evaluating alternatives throughout projects

By claiming R&D tax credits, companies in this sector can recover costs, incentivize innovation, and propel growth within the AEC industry.

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Construction / MEP
This full-service construction firm provides an array of services including Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) engineering, and operates across the United States. They serve various sectors including Corporate, Cultural, Healthcare, Education, and more.
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R&D Tax Credit Qualification for Construction and MEP Firms

Activities qualifying for R&D tax credits were numerous and involved the conceptual design phase, including energy and utility system assessments, architectural schematic reviews, and alternative MEP system discussions. Special focus was on electrical distribution systems, plumbing system design, and HVAC technologies. The company utilized advanced software like BIM and AutoCAD for detailed analyses, and often had to adapt their designs due to public access and safety concerns.

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With our consultative approach to the research and development tax credit, we invest time understanding each client’s history, current business direction, and future growth objectives. Each year we re-evaluate a company’s ability to accept the tax credit and provide on-going recommendations to improve the R&D tax credits process.

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