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The R&D Tax Credit recognizes engineering as a hard science along with chemistry, biology and physics. Additionally, many engineering firms do not realize they are engaging in R&D activities on a daily basis. Typically, engineers encounter complex issues, evaluate various solutions, and solve problems through an iterative design process. The R&D Tax Credit provides an incentive for this process. Whether firms provide Civil, Structural, or MEP engineering services, there is a high probability that they will have qualifying activities.

Examples of Qualifying R&D Activities:

Conceptualizing ideas and designs;

Evaluating site features and climate conditions related to design and development efforts;

Developing and designing master plans;

Creating new and innovative designs for various structures;

Generating construction documents;

Computer-aided design (CAD) and building information modeling (BIM) activities;

Producing new or innovative designs for sites or building systems to achieve LEED certification;

Collaboration and evaluation between consultants on means and methods for constructability; and

Engaging in value engineering activities.


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