Here are some of the comments from our very own HMRC on Corporation Tax, R&D Tax Relief & The Patent Box
The Patent Box enables companies to apply a lower rate of Corporation Tax to profits earned after 1 April 2013 from its patented inventions. The relief will be phased in from 1 April 2013 and the lower rate of Corporation Tax to be applied will be 10%.
This guidance only refers to patents but your company may also benefit from the Patent Box if it holds certain other medicinal or botanic innovation rights.
SME R&D relief allows companies to:
Deduct an extra 130% of their qualifying costs from their yearly profit, as well as the normal 100% deduction, to make a total 230% deduction.
Claim a tax credit if the company is loss making, worth up to 14.5% of the surrenderable loss
You can claim capital allowances on items that you keep to use in your business – these are known as ‘plant and machinery’.
In most cases you can deduct the full cost of these items from your profits before tax using annual investment allowance (AIA).