Web & App Development

With over 4.3 billion users, the internet has changed the world almost as rapidly as it changes itself. Companies carrying out R&D in the web and app development sphere are responsible for changing the way in which we access and manipulate information.

R&D can take place in web or app development when a technological advancement is achieved.

This can typically be achieved in three different ways: firstly if a unique technology has been created that’s peers are proprietary (i.e. recreating an already existing non-open source technology for which no explicit guidance exists) or by appreciably enhance an existing solution.

Please note that a commercially innovative idea will not represent innovation in R&D Tax Terms – it is the technology layer of the application that is of interest to the HMRC inspectors, not whether the idea itself is original. It is also the case that as important as design is to the ultimate goal of providing highly usable and effective end-products, the aesthetic enhancement of a product is unfortunately unable to satisfy the technological advancement criteria of an R&D claim. Traditionally R&D in web development is found on the back-end, through emerging trends on front-end development have shattered this old perception, with complex Javascript work now perfectly capable of reaching the desired technicality.

Qualifying Activities

Examples of Qualifying Activities in the Web Application Sphere includes: 

  • The building of unique tools for clients that leverage and combine technologies in novel ways, overcoming technical uncertainties on the way
  • Ground Up Builds of technically demanding websites and novel features
  •  Appreciable enhancements of functionality, performance or security of existing CMS such as Shopify or WordPress
  • Non-typical development required by enterprise security considerations
  • Re-engineering of apps to be cross platform complaint

Typical Claim

Claims vary significantly dependant on the size and scale of the operations and can range from thousands to millions. Please bare in mind that subcontracted development costs can often be included in your claim depending on the nature of your agreement with the subcontracted party. Also, please be aware that client led work is similarly often eligible.

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We worked with the team at Bonham & Brook on the R&D claim that we were unaware of. To our surprise they made the whole process seamless and we received our refund from HMRC. We will definitely be using B&B again for our R&D claim to help us grow our business.

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At first I believed that R&D tax credits were a little too good to be true or that my company would not be applicable. Jenson, Hannad and the team's expertise and experience reassured and guided me through the process. I had to put in approx. 1 - 2 hours work and they did the rest of the application. The first time we worked together they were able to claim for the previous 2 years, so we received a bumper double rebate. This money has helped us grow the business by having the cash to grow the team and increase our marketing budget. My business has grown thanks to their work, so I am eternally grateful.

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