Quality Assurance and Food Safety Departments Can Help Substantiate Eligible SR&ED Costs

The SR&ED program can have a significant impact on the affordability of product development for food processors. But SR&ED isn’t solely concerned with a R&D team- Eligible SR&ED costs and claims may be initiated, supported, or documented in other operational areas, especially quality assurance and food safety. Both of these areas are fundamental parts of any food and beverage company’s daily operations, and they present a typically well-authenticated opportunity to initiate, support, and document experimental development activities and associated costs. As two departments that rely heavily on documentation and analysis, quality assurance and food safety are not only important to a business’s bottom line, meeting industry standards, and quality production, but also offer a wealth of information that can lead to SR&ED claims that were previously missed or undervalued.  More about how quality assurance and food safety departments can help substantiate SR&ED claims can be found in Food Quality and Safety’s special feature.

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SR&ED Financing and Alternative Financing Seminar

NorthBridge Consultants will be hosting a seminar on alternative financing options for small- to medium-sized enterprises in Cambridge, Ontario on September the 18th, 2014.  Topics covered will include:

  • Government funding and financing for business expansion
  • SR&ED financing
  • Other private sector financing options

Registration for this event is available online.

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Nova Scotia SR&ED Seminar on September 25th

The Nova Scotia Tax Services Office is providing free information seminars to provide a general overview of the SR&ED program, in order to to explain eligibility criteria, what expenditures are eligible, and how to file a SR&ED claim.  Their next Halifax seminar, on September the 25th, is intended for accounting firms and tax preparers who prepare SR&ED claims. There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is required, as seating is limited.

Date: September 25, 2014

Time:
8:15 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. – Registration
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Session

Location:
1557 Hollis Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

This location is wheelchair accessible.  If you need more information, please contact Jacques Fournier at 506-856-9189.   Register online now.

 

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Collins Barrow Toronto launches SR&ED tax recovery practice

Collins Barrow Toronto has launched its Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax recovery practice. Led by the firm’s newest director, Dale Wilson, the group is comprised of senior industrial engineering specialists and specialized tax accountants working to ensure companies maximize investment tax credit benefits.

“When properly applied, the SR&ED program can result in substantial tax savings, however many often do not realize optimal benefits or realize that they have activities that qualify.  Eligible private companies can receive over 50% of their qualifying expenditures as a cash refund and larger private and public companies can receive over 30% of their qualifying expenditures as a tax credit,” says Enzo Testa, Senior Tax Partner. “Bringing this calibre of specialized expertise in-house ensures that our clients are well supported as they continue to spur innovation in some of the country’s key industries.”

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Upcoming CRA SR&ED Webinars

Canada Revenue Agency will be hosting 2 pilot webinars on the SR&ED program.  These free public online interactive webinars will provide a general overview of the Program, explaining the eligibility criteria, what expenditures qualify, and how to file a Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) claim.

Upcoming webinar dates and times are as follows:

  • July 9, 2014, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
    Register now
  • July 23, 2014, 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time
    Register now

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