Your business could save up to $250,000 through the R&D tax credit.
Pilot helps you maximize your savings while doing the heavy lifting. We handle the whole process so you can skip the paperwork and get back to business.
Does your business incur research and development costs in the US? Then you may be able to claim a sizable tax credit of up to $250,000. Once approved by the IRS, the credit is applied towards your business’s future payroll tax liabilities.
Businesses across many industries can qualify – including technology, ecommerce, bio-tech, hardware, and more.
You could save thousands through the credit, so it’s important it’s done right. We handle the process from start to finish and provide the necessary documentation to back up your claim with the IRS. Claiming the credit can be complicated and tedious, but we make it easy.
We handle the full claim process for you. That includes identifying eligible R&D expenses, filing the right paperwork, and making sure your credit is accurately applied through your payroll.
Our combination of software and experts make the process and your paperwork meticulous. We also ensure your payroll provider, tax preparers, and accountants are all on the same page.
With Pilot you get bookkeeping, tax, and R&D support all under one roof. We already know your numbers from the ground up: That means we work fast and efficiently to identify expenses and maximize your savings.
We charge less than 2.5% of your total qualifying expenses. Check out our calculator to estimate how much you can claim and what our fees are.
If your business has less than $5 million in annual revenue, and it's been less than five (5) years since your first gross receipts/sales, you can frequently reduce your Social Security Payroll tax liability under the PATH Act R&D credit. If you do not qualify under the PATH Act R&D Credit, you can take regular R&D Credit against income taxes (rather than against payroll taxes).
Qualifying R&D expenses and/or activities are those which pass this four-part test:
Unlimited, if applying the R&D credit against income taxes. These credits can range between 5% and 15% of qualifying R&D costs. If taking the PATH Act R&D credit, a company can receive up to $250k against payroll taxes and take the remainder against income taxes.
As an example, for an unprofitable 5-person tech startup that has less than $5M in annual revenue with roughly 80% of time being spent on qualifying R&D activities, and average salary of $100k/year, the credit might be between $20k to $60k. Pilot’s fee is a small percentage of the total qualifying R&D expense and easily pays for itself by securing the R&D Tax Credit for you.
Yes, we can help you file an amended tax return to claim the R&D credit for previously filed Income Tax returns (past 3 years), but you cannot take the PATH Act R&D credit on an amended tax return.
We help businesses with all aspects of claiming these R&D Tax Credits. Pilot will:
Yes, we will support you in case of an audit. For more details on pricing, please contact us.
Yes, we’ll calculate the R&D tax credits and provide the necessary documentation for your tax preparer to file. If you use Pilot Tax, we’ll take care of the full process and file the necessary tax paperwork on your behalf as well.
33 states currently offer an R&D credit. Generally, the states follow federal guidelines on what constitutes qualified R&D expenditures with few exceptions. Pilot will provide guidance on state level credits. For example, the CA R&D credit is non-refundable which means it cannot be taken against payroll tax. Work must be done in CA to be considered qualified and CA credits can carry forward indefinitely until exhausted.
Pilot goes beyond R&D credit to offer everything you need for your business's financial management.
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We make the process easy and meticulous, so you can skip the paperwork and get back to business.