Unlock the Full Potential of SR&ED Tax Credits with CAElliott’s Expertise

At CAElliott, we specialize in turning your innovative projects into successful SR&ED claims. Let us guide you through the complexities of SR&ED Tax Credits, ensuring your groundbreaking work receives the financial support it deserves.


What is the Scientific Research and
Experimental Development Progam?

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program is Canada’s premier tax incentive for research and development.

The SR&ED Program is an initiative that is designed to encourage businesses of all sizes, across various sectors, to engage in research and development (R&D) activities within Canada. Here’s an in-depth explanation of its key aspects:


Open to Businesses Performing R&D in Canada

The SR&ED program is open to any business conducting R&D activities in Canada. This encompasses a broad spectrum of industries.


The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) program in Canada is designed to incentivize a wide range of businesses to engage in research and development activities. Eligibility for the SR&ED program is quite broad, encompassing various types and sizes of businesses. Here are the primary categories of businesses that are eligible:


Both large and small corporations operating in Canada can claim SR&ED tax incentives. This includes Canadian-Controlled Private Corporations (CCPCs), which can be eligible for enhanced tax credits.

Sole Proprietorships


Types of Tax Incentives Availible

There are various types of incentives depending on the type of business conduction the research and development these include.

Income Tax Deductions

Eligible R&D expenditures can be deducted from a company’s taxable income, reducing the overall tax liability.

Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

Companies engaging in SR&ED can earn ITCs, which are credits against their income tax payable. The rate of ITCs varies, and their refundability depends on factors like the size of the business and whether it’s a Canadian-controlled private corporation (CCPC).

Refunds or Rebates

For certain businesses, notably small businesses or CCPCs, ITCs can be refundable. This means that if the ITCs exceed the company’s income tax payable, the excess amount can be received as a cash refund.


There are different types of expenditures that qualify for
SR&ED Incentives. This includes a wide range of costs such as:

  • Salaries and wages of staff involved in R&D. 
  • Materials used
  • Machinery and equipment expenses
  • Some overhead costs related to the R&D work
  • Costs for contract research.
Plus some Direct and Overhead Costs

Both direct costs of R&D and certain overheads can be included just as long as they are directly related to the R&D activities.


Application Process, Documentation and Compliance

In order to apply for the SR&ED incentives certain documentation needs to be filled out and maintained including:

Annual Tax Returns

Businesses apply for the SR&ED incentives through specific forms that are part of their annual tax returns.

Documentation & Records of R&D Activities

Companies must document their R&D activities thoroughly. This documentation is crucial to support their claims and is necessary in case the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) reviews the claim. It’s vital for businesses to maintain detailed records of their R&D activities and expenses. These records should clearly demonstrate how the expenses relate to eligible R&D activities.

Document to Prepare for Audits and Review

Proper documentation ensures that a company is prepared for any reviews or audits conducted by the CRA. These are common in the SR&ED claim process.


CAElliott’s Expertise in SR&ED: Navigating You to Success

Our team of experts at CAElliott has extensive experience in securing SR&ED funding across various industries. We understand the intricacies of the SR&ED program and are adept at identifying eligible projects and expenses. With CAElliott, you gain a partner who not only understands your technical endeavors but also knows how to articulate them effectively for SR&ED claims.


Our 4omprehensive SR&ED Services

Initial Assessment & Eligibility Evaluation

We start by evaluating your projects and expenditures to identify potential SR&ED claims.

Documentation and Compliance Guidance

Our experts guide you in maintaining appropriate documentation, essential for substantiating your SR&ED claim.

SR&ED Claim Preparation and Filing

We assist in preparing comprehensive SR&ED claims, ensuring they meet the CRA’s stringent requirements.

Support During CRA Reviews

Our support extends to handling CRA reviews and audits, providing you with peace of mind and the best chance of success.


The CAElliott Advantage in SR&ED

Choosing CAElliott means partnering with a team that offers:

In-depth Knowledge of SR&ED

Our understanding of the SR&ED program’s nuances ensures that no detail is overlooked.

Technical and Financial Expertise

Our unique blend of technical and financial knowledge maximizes your SR&ED claim’s potential.

Proven Success Record

Our history of successful SR&ED claims speaks to our commitment to client success.

Ready to explore your SR&ED tax incentive possibilities? Contact us
today for a personalized consultation. Let’s unlock the potential of
your innovative projects together.