A senior SR&ED consultant can pin point research and development and supporting activities where expenditures were missed or requirements for the R&D tax credit program were misunderstood. We have seen instances where baseline salary calculations used numbers that were below the allowable limit of Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and other events where supporting activities were not included to maximize the SR&ED claim. In essence, an SRED claimant with not enough filing experience does not possess the same level of experience and competence in determining the maximum amount of return.
This is especially true if SR&ED applicant has not participated in an CRA audit(s). This level of seniority, as with any industry can only be obtained through experience and expertise. In some instances the SR&ED claim sizes have more than doubled due to a fundamental misinterpretation of the eligibility requirement.
Time management of internal resources is helpful when applied effectively for a maximum SRED refund. The SR&ED claiming process depends on an in-depth grasp of the CRA SR&ED claim and auditing procedure.
In the event of an SR&ED audit, an SR&ED consultant develops a full understanding of the SRED claim project objective and appropriate supporting documentation that is required to back up and successfully defend a R&D tax credit claim. The benefit of employing senior SR&ED consultants is the volume of SRED history and exposure to the CRA SRED audit process to understand and know where the optimal amount of time and resource allocation are.