Dealing with technology? You might be eligible for government funding

SR&ED (Scientific Research & Experimental Development) is an incentive program by the Canadian government that refunds companies involved in Research and Development (R&D). (See the information about the program on the CRA website.) Canadian companies that spend money on creating or modifying products or processes through experimenting are eligible for SR&ED. Any company that deals with technology (software and hardware development, machinery, printing etc.) may qualify. If you created an entirely new industrial process or improved an existing one, if you took a database driver and rewrote it so its performance doubled, if you came up with a fuzzy logic algorithm to facilitate scheduling - all of this may be eligible. Innovation, uncertainties you overcame, and technological advancement are the criteria for eligibility. Even failed experiments may qualify. Non-Canadian owned companies also qualify, if they pay salary in Canada.
The SR&ED program is available to companies involved in Research and Development (R&D). Eligible expenditures include your time, employee and subcontractors labour, materials and equipment. SR&ED money is given as a refund for work already done.
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The Path of Least Resistance

This article is by Bruce Madole who kindly agreed to provide some interesting materials related to SR&ED.

 Just about any book or guide on Canada’s Scientific Research & Experimental Development (SR&ED) Program will include references to SR&ED-related court cases, if not an entire section.  Does anybody read them?  Really?
Of course we do.  Probably, most SR&ED practitioners spend some time studying court cases. (I make a personal hobby of it, including the analysis and classifications of the assorted causes for ending up before the courts, but that’s just me.) It might even be inescapable that we do so:  legal precedents and judgments augment the law or change the law, or however you might choose to phrase it — I’m not a lawyer – in ways that have more force and lasting influence than any CRA guidance document or bulletin.  SR&ED court cases change the world we work in, and the rules that we work by.  So, a careful consultant pays attention to such things.
The big question is:  does anybody else really notice or care?  Should they?
How do we actually use the information gained in studying cases?  Does it change the advice we give our clients?  Does it change the CRA’s behavior or official interpretations?  Has it changed their practical approach to the review of claims or their treatment of claimants?

To be continued...

Bruce Madole

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