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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