R&D Tax Credits For Electronics

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This is where the R&D tax credit really shines. Electronics manufacturing is rife with technical and financial risk, which means that the work being done qualifies for the credit

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The 2020 electronics manufacturing market was worth an estimated $133 Billion, with the potential to grow to over $250 Billion by 2026. The importance of electronics manufacturing is only increasing, and the projected market value showcases that. With nearly every industry and household relying heavier on electronic products, the necessity for electronics manufacturing companies only increases.

With climbing risk and compounding operating costs, electronics manufacturing companies, especially small to medium-sized businesses, are often exploring new ways to increase cash flow. For these companies, the R&D tax credit can provide substantial assistance. QREs (qualified research expenses) encompass all the development expenses your company might incur during your development process, so if your company is already spending the money, you are entitled to benefit from this program. Development of products and processes entail technical and financial risk, which the R&D tax credit can help relieve.

$133 Billion

Market Value

$120 Billion

Projected growth in the next 5 years

Qualified Research Activities for Electronics Manufacturing Companies
Developing new or improved technologies (e.g., new production processes)
Using CAD tools to aid in the design of new or improved products
Design and development of tooling and fixtures
Software development associated with the manufacturing process (i.e. CNC machinery, PLC)
Building and testing prototypes
Designing cellular manufacturing systems and machine cell layouts
Evaluating new materials to be used in product and process development
Designing and building customized manufacturing equipment
Designing and evaluating manufacturing process improvements such as those associated with regulatory requirements, automation and robotic technological advancement, improvements associated with new quality standards and testing methods
Case Study

Real Businesses Qualify for R&D Tax Credits

With more than 30 years of experience in electronic manufacturing services and a cross-functional team comprised of 70+ employees, this manufacturing company handles projects from prototype to full product including material evaluation and procurement, cable and wire harness production, printed circuit board population, and full electromechanical assemblies and box builds.

R&D Qualifications for

Electronics Manufacturing

This contract manufacturing company works with a diverse customer base that requires varied levels of research and development across all projects. This particular case study qualified automation software and a custom-engineered fixture, which required significant R&D and testing. The automation software is used to create a communication link between component storage and a delivery system. Each change in design required testing to ensure compatibility and functionality. The new fixture is used to hold a unique manufacturing component that must have precision cuts and bends. Material selection and trial-and-error testing played a large role in development.

The Results Speak
for Themselves

In the first year, Source Advisors was able to increase the original tax credit estimate of $40,000 to a realized credit of $113,000. Over the next five-year period, federal credits grew by another 55%. This contract manufacturing company has multiple projects that require R&D so they continue to plan accordingly to ensure maximum benefits through annual R&D Tax Credit studies.
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Designs and develops product prototypes and/or software.
Performs experimentation and validation on products, manufacturing processes, and/or software.
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Utilize your R&D Credit, Regardless Of Your Industry.

The R&D tax credit contributes to the success of a multitude of businesses, with over $19 Billion in annual credits redeemed by companies in over 70 industries.
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