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Strategies for Capitalizing on R&D Credits for Small to Medium Sized Businesses

Date: Monday December 10, 2018
Time: 1:00 - 2:40 pm EST

Sponsored by Lorman Education Services

Registration - Live Webinar Only: $219.00

Registration - Live Webinar Plus CD Recording: $288.00


Find ways to support your clients and identify opportunities to minimize tax liability.

Tax laws get increasingly complicated each year. As a result, finding ways to support your clients and to identify opportunities to minimize their tax burden become more difficult. The Research & Development Tax Credit is one of the more complicated and difficult to understand tax incentives available to U.S. taxpayers.

 How can I tell if the activities of my client qualify for this credit? How does the IRS define “research and development” and how does that translate into a tax credit? This material is focused on the CPA and financial executive who’s responsibilities include minimizing their clients’ or companies tax liability.

Review how and why activities qualify as well as how the time and effort expended by the taxpayer can be translated into a federal (and in many cases, state tax credit). Failing to understand how to properly assess and document the qualifying activities is the most common mistake made and can lead to an unfavorable result if audited.

The topic is critical for CPAs and financial executives who need to understand both the basics of the R&D tax credit and the potential pitfalls that may disqualify an activity from generating the credit.

Learning Objectives:

  • You will be able to define research and development under IRC Section 41.
  • You will be able to explain the 4-part test for qualifying development activities.
  • You will be able to discuss R&D credit basics.
  • You will be able to recognize opportunities to secure tax savings through the R&D tax credit.
This Live Webinar Covers These Hot Issues

Course Objectives

• Learn and Apply the 4-Part Test
• Recognize Activities That May Qualify
• Understand the New Rules for Small Businesses
• Build Strong Documentation

Defining Research and Development

• R&D Tax Credit Timeline
• R&D Credit Qualifying Expenditure

R&D Credit Basics

• Business Component Test
• Technical Uncertainty
• Process of Experimentation
• Scientific Principles
• Qualifying Activities


• Credible Evidence

R&D Credit – Special Rules

• Patent Safe Harbor
• Excluded Activities
• Funded Research
• Internal Use Software

Recent Changes

• Section 174 R&D Expenditures
• AMT Offset for Small Business
• Payroll Tax Credit for Start Ups

R&D Credit Calculation

• Regular Method
• ASC Method

R&D Tax Credit Documentation

• Qualitative Documentation
• Quantitative Documentation

Credit Information (Sponsored by Lorman Education Services):
  • CPE
  • AIPB
  • IAPP
  • Enrolled Agents

For Detailed Credit Information page click here

Only registered attendee will receive continuing education credit.


Randy Eickhoff, CPA, Acena Consulting

  • Founder of Acena Consulting
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of R&D tax credits, cost segregation and other tax incentives
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on the R&D tax credit
  • Author of several publications related to the R&D credit and relevant court cases and tax updates
  • B.A. degree in business economics, University of California at Santa Barbara Cal, CPA Member
  • Can be contracted at 805-426-9669, or @acenaconsulting

(Not available outside the US)