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R&D Tax Consultants – Des Moines (IA)

Des Moines (IA) business owners constantly look for ways to improve profitability, reduce costs, and leverage new opportunities. Regarding cost reduction, the focus is often on operational efficiencies, production optimization, and new technology. However, many are surprised to learn about the significant savings opportunity available through the Research & Development (R&D) tax credit. The credit provides a dollar-for-dollar reduction of federal tax liability for qualifying activities. Unfortunately, many Texas companies miss out on millions in savings due to the misconception that credit is only for large companies with formal R&D functions. This is not true; in fact, many businesses already qualify for the credit based on current business activities.

Des Moines R&D Credit Experience

Calvetti Ferguson provides R&D Consulting services to Iowa area companies in a variety of industries. Typically, we work with those that have recently modified, changed, improved, or updated a process, method, or key software application. This often includes agriculture, architecture, engineering, food and beverage, manufacturing, electrical contractors, oil and gas, software, and technology companies. Our years of experience allow us to quickly evaluate savings potential and implement a seamless R&D tax credit study.

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Des Moines R&D Tax Credit Process

  • Phase 1: Initial Consultation and Benefit Estimate – During this initial phase, our R&D tax credit experts educate the taxpayer on the R&D tax credit and evaluate the eligibility of the company’s operations. A large part of this initial consultation revolves around the Internal Revenue Code’s 4-part test requirements of the R&D credit and whether the company’s activities successfully meet those requirements. Key aspects discussed include company operations (historical and present), company financials, employee roles and responsibilities, major projects, project documentation, and relevant contacts.
  • Phase 2: Qualification and Quantification – Once an agreement is reached, the focus turns to investigating the facts identified in the first phase. This often includes project interviews, quantifying related wages and expenses, and determining eligibility for the credit. The credit is finalized through oral interviews and documentation review, and the appropriate tax forms are completed and made available to the taxpayer’s tax preparer.
  • Phase 3: Final Report – Following the completion of the final credit figure and applicable tax forms, we may have some follow-up questions and requests, however, the bulk of the lift is out of the taxpayer’s hands. During this final phase, we prepare a final report outlining the specifics of the study process, findings, applicable regulations, and relevant documentation, figures, and exhibits. While this report is not required before claiming the credit, it is an important piece of documentation to support the credit claim, and it will be the first line of defense if the IRS ever audits the claim.

Iowa – State R&D Tax Credit

The state of Iowa offers an R&D tax credit for eligible research activities. The details may vary from the federal R&D tax credit.

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About Des Moines (IA)

Des Moines is known for its rich history and culture, particularly in the areas of politics and agriculture. The city is home to several historic sites, including the Iowa State Capitol and the Salisbury House, a historic mansion now serving as a museum. The Des Moines Art Center and the Iowa Science Center are popular cultural attractions. In addition to its historical and cultural offerings, Des Moines is a hub for business and finance, with several major corporations and financial institutions located in the area. The city’s economy is driven by a mix of industries, including healthcare, education, and insurance.

Contact Our Iowa R&D Tax Credit Consultants
Calvetti Ferguson provides R&D tax credit consulting services to companies in Des Moines and across Iowa. If you are interested in learning how we can help your business, complete the form below and we will follow up promptly.