R&D Tax Credit For Startups

Did you know the federal R&D tax credit could benefit your startup business? As a startup owner, you can apply to offset up to $500,000 in payroll tax liability with the research credit.

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What is the R&D Payroll Tax Credit?

The R&D tax credit, also known as the Research & Development tax credit, is a federal tax credit designed for qualified businesses to offset their payroll tax - this includes startups. If you have a startup company that performs research and/or technology development activities, you can apply for up to $500,000 of research credit against income tax liability on your income tax return.

Startup Qualifications for Claiming the R&D Tax Credit

In order to apply for the R&D tax credit, your startup business must:
Have 5 years or less in revenue
Have less than $5 million in revenue in the current year
Have conducted qualifying research activities and expenditures

Additionally, your startup business might qualify if it paid for:

Employees or sub-consultants performing research
Raw materials
Consumable supplies during development
Cloud computing services related to development operations

Qualifying Industries

If your startup business meets the above-mentioned qualifications, there’s a good chance you can apply for the R&D tax credit. It can be applied to a wide variety of industries, including (but not limited to):
Tool & Die
Metal Fabrication
Plastics/Injection Molding
Consumer Products
Architecture & Engineering
Food & Beverage
Financial Services
Mortgage & Banking
Software development
Contract manufacturing
And many others

The Results Speak for Themselves

A software firm was able to claim federal and state tax credits of more than $101,000 on its $2.7 million in yearly revenue.


Total federal and state tax credits


Generated in state credits

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Hire US-based engineers, developers, or scientists.
Designs and develops product prototypes and/or software.
Performs experimentation and validation on products, manufacturing processes, and/or software.
None of the above.

This calculator has been developed utilizing data from a variety of studies conducted in the industries listed. This is only an approximation based on a variety of assumptions and should be treated as such.

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Why GOAT.tax?

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