Start-ups are notorious for their scrappy tactics and innovative growth techniques. However, many start-ups may not be aware of the tax credits and incentives available to them. Certain tax credits can be the difference of thousands of dollars saved each year in taxes. According to Josh Alballero, tax expert and founder of IOOGO, “The R&D tax credit is one of the greatest tax credits available to start-ups and small businesses.”
The R&D credit, is officially known as the “Credit for Increasing Research Activities” this credit is available to start-ups in any industry, and in many cases, you do not even need to have a research and development department to qualify for the credit! Many start-ups miss out on this incredible incentive because they assume they won’t qualify, however, if you’re in the process of creating a new product or service, there is a good chance your business is an ideal candidate.
According to Alballero, there are two major benefits of the R&D credit.
- This credit can give you resources you otherwise wouldn’t have access to. One of the most important stages when bringing a new product or process to the market is the research and development stage. Some start-ups won’t spend enough time on this stage due to a lack of resources, staff, or funding. This credit can put much-needed money back in your pocket to allow you to focus on this crucial phase of building your business.
- The R&D credit covers a variety of expenses. This credit may be applied to costs you’d never considered, wages, supplies, consultant fees, contractor fee, prototyping, tooling/ supply expenses, packaging, surveys, studies, software costs, equipment, and more! The stipulations of this credit allow businesses to apply up to $250,000 of their research expenses against their payroll tax or income tax for up to five years. This means that businesses could expect to get back around 10 – 15% of what they spent on R&D.
Calculating R&D credit can be quite complicated and in most cases, business owners should consult the expertise of a tax professional or accounting firm. The IRS will look closely at any business’s R&D credit, so it is important that you follow the proper protocol. The tax experts at IOOGO specialize in R&D credit matters and can ensure you’re following federal regulations and taking full advantage of the credits available to you. In order to file for the R&D credit, a business will be required to file Form 6765 with their tax return. This filing process should not be costly and business owners should be wary of any accounting or tax firm that attempts to charge them thousands of dollars for this filing process or even a percentage of the savings in payroll taxes, which is an illegal process.
To learn more about the R&D credit or to schedule a consultation with an IOOGO tax expert, visit www.ioogo.com.
Why CEN Standardization is Good for Big Tech and Small Businesses
CEN is the European Committee for Standardization and works to create standards for 34 European countries in the European Union and European Economic Area. CEN standards, which you can access on iTeh Standards, are used to establish industry standards and technical documents for a variety of industries including:
- Consumer products
- Air and space
- Energy and environment
- Food for human consumption
- Food for animal consumption
- Health and safety
- Defense and security
- Pressure equipment
- Smart living
- Transport and packaging
- And more
Why standardization is essential
Standardization in any industry automatically increases important processes’ efficiency and makes it easier and cheaper to do business. Less time is wasted, less materials are wasted, and standards are continually revised to reflect the most efficient processes.
When small businesses and large corporations adopt industry standards, it strengthens the market competition, which supports economic growth. According to CENELEC, an organization that works jointly with CEN, standards “facilitate innovation and promote the adoption of new technologies.”
What’s so special about CEN standardization?
CEN standards are special because they apply to entire industries across the EU.
Any company can create their own standards in business, but they may not have all the information required to know if their standards are actually best for the industry and customers. When businesses in the same industry create their own standards, they’re not operating at their highest potential. They’re also operating in conflict with one another, which can sometimes make it hard to switch manufacturers and suppliers.
Having CEN standards relieves businesses from having to figure out their own standards at a fundamental level. They can still create their own standards for how they wish to do business, but the base level industry standards will be covered.
Having CEN standards also forces manufacturers and suppliers to conform to a set of industry standards, which helps them stay competitive in the market. When manufacturers and suppliers are required to meet the same standards businesses are accountable for, businesses can order raw materials and products from certified sources.
Standardization enhances the customer experience
No matter what gets standardized, it all leads to a better customer experience by creating consistency. In the end, every bump you can smooth out and every wasted second of time you can eliminate leads to a productive work environment. When teams are productive and things are running smoothly from top to bottom, customers are happier.
Likewise, standards also work to maintain safety, which also enhances the customer experience. For example, health departments set standards for handling and storing food to keep it safe, and machine shop workers follow standards for wearing protective gear and clothing to prevent injury.
You can standardize just about anything in a business, including job activities, rules, procedures, technology, services, behaviors, and measurements.
CEN standards are well-tested and documented
The advantage of CEN standards is they’re well-tested and documented. They weren’t just arbitrarily thrown together by collecting theoretical information across industries. CEN standards are created by studying and testing to see what works, what’s most effective, eliminating what doesn’t work, and establishing a set of rules that can be universally applied across the industry.
On the other hand, when organizations come up with de facto standards, they’re often illogical, ineffective, and counterproductive. De facto standards become a big problem when they’ve remained unchallenged for a long period of time. People want to do things the way they’ve always done them, and introducing standards can be off-putting to many.
Many businesses may not even be aware that their standards are actually inefficient methods like workarounds that have simply been in place for a long time.
There’s always room for more standardization
Standardizing industries is a big task – one that is infinite in scope and duration. There will never be an end to standardization. As technology evolves, standards must evolve alongside whatever tech is being brought to the industry.
While the world’s technology evolves, CEN will continue to work hard to create and develop standards for industries. Hopefully, more businesses will embrace these standards and see them as a support system for their business rather than an inconvenient hurdle.
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