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SR&ED Credits and Tax Incentives: Are You Taking Advantage of Them?

Crédits impôts RS&DE Entreprises | Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Updated on May 6, 2024

Your business could benefit from tax measures, such as SR&ED tax credits, for its innovation projects. Do you know all of these measures?

Any organisation, whatever its industry, that is involved in manufacturing and processing or that has technological innovation projects may qualify for specific tax incentives.

These credits are not exclusively for plants, factories or manufactures. For example, under the Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program, the government encourages organisations of all sizes and in all industries to put innovative research and development ideas into application.

Tax measures: keep an eye on deadlines

Your activities or projects may be eligible for some of these measures. However, there are deadlines to respect in order to claim these tax incentives or modify previous years’ tax returns if the measures have not all been claimed.

Here are the key points that every organisation should know in order to maximize its tax position in terms of its manufacturing and processing activities or innovation investments, regardless of the industry.

Additional deduction for a manufacturing SME’s transportation costs

A business only needs to carry out a certain proportion of manufacturing and processing activities to benefit from this additional deduction. Furthermore, it does not have to incur transportation or delivery expenses to take advantage of it.

Investment and innovation tax credit

Certain assets acquired for use in manufacturing and processing activities are eligible for a provincial investment tax credit, a tax subsidy that reduces the acquisition cost of these assets.

At the provincial level, the rate of this tax credit may vary depending on the RCM where the asset is used. During the presentation of the autumn 2023 Update on Québec’s Economic and Financial Situation, the Minister of Finance announced changes to this credit, including its extension for a further five years, until December 31, 2029, and an increase in the rates applicable from 2024.

At the federal level, there is a similar investment tax credit and the only eligible regions in Québec are the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine.

Accelerated depreciation

Certain assets acquired for use in manufacturing and processing activities are depreciable at a higher rate if they are acquired and ready for use before 2028.

Tax credit to support employment in Québec’s maritime regions

An enterprise that has certain manufacturing and processing activities in the Bas-Saint-Laurent, Côte-Nord, Gaspésie and Îles-de-la-Madeleine regions may benefit from a tax credit on the salary paid to certain employees, that is, a subsidy that reduces the payroll cost.

Reduced employer contribution

Enterprises in the manufacturing sector may be entitled to a reduced Health Services Fund (HSF) contribution rate.

Scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED)

A business that carries out manufacturing and processing activities is included in the main industries that are likely to be able to use these tax incentives.

Businesses that are searching for knowledge or know-how to create new materials, devices, products or processes or improve existing ones or are looking for new scientific or technological knowledge may be entitled to SR&ED tax incentives.

The two main benefits of SR&ED tax incentives are:

  1. Possibility of deducting your SR&ED expenses over several years;
  2. Obtaining the investment tax credit (ITC) for SR&ED and using it to reduce your income tax payable (in some cases, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) may refund remaining ITCs).

Are you taking full advantage of the special tax features of your manufacturing and processing activities and innovation projects? Our team of tax experts can help you make the most of them. Don’t hesitate to call on them; they have mastered the complex tax provisions in this field. Their strategic location also means they are aware of regional characteristics.

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