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R&D Tax Relief Claims: How To Receive Funds Upfront Rather Than Wait Up To 12 months For HMRC To Complete Their Investigation Into Your Claim

Updated: Jan 31

Offered by Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC), Research and Development (R&D) tax relief encourages businesses to invest in innovation. However, recent developments indicate that HMRC is intensifying efforts to scrutinise potentially fraudulent R&D tax claims by conducting investigations, which can take up to 12 months to clear. This heightened scrutiny has prompted businesses to seek ways to access their claims sooner, and specialist lenders have emerged as the solution.

What is R&D Tax Relief?


R&D tax relief is a government initiative designed to support companies engaged in research and development activities. It allows eligible businesses to reduce their tax liability or claim payable tax credits. This incentive aims to foster innovation across various sectors, promoting economic growth and technological advancement.


HMRC's Vigilance Against Fraudulent Claims


In response to the increasing popularity of R&D tax relief claims, HMRC has bolstered its investigative capabilities. The tax authority has recently made a substantial number of hires, equipping itself to scrutinise claims more thoroughly. The objective is clear: to identify and clamp down on any false or exaggerated R&D tax relief claims. While the intention is to maintain the integrity of the incentive, this heightened scrutiny has left legitimate claimants facing delays in the approval process.


Mitigating Risks with Specialist Lenders


Acknowledging the potential delays in HMRC's investigation and approval process, businesses that have submitted R&D tax relief claims are exploring innovative solutions to manage their financial liquidity during this period. Specialist lenders have stepped in to address this need, offering to advance funds based on the anticipated R&D tax relief, providing companies with the financial support required while awaiting HMRC's approval.


Key Considerations for Businesses


For businesses navigating the landscape of R&D tax relief and HMRC investigations, it is imperative to consider the following key points:


  1. Due Diligence in Claim Submission: Ensure that your R&D tax relief claim is comprehensive, accurate, and well-documented to minimize the risk of HMRC scrutiny.

  2. Vetting Specialist Lenders: Before engaging with a specialist lender, conduct thorough due diligence. Choose reputable lenders with a track record of assisting businesses during HMRC investigations. This is where we can help. We have relationships with specialist lenders who we have seen deliver for our clients on a consistent basis in the past.

  3. Communication with HMRC: Maintain open and transparent communication with HMRC throughout the investigation process. This proactive approach can foster goodwill and expedite the approval process.

  4. Legal and Financial Consultation: Seek legal and financial advice to navigate the complexities of R&D tax relief and to understand the implications of engaging with specialist lenders. We are supporting a growing number of clients in this regard and have consequently developed significant capability in this space.


In conclusion, as businesses continue to leverage R&D tax relief for innovation, understanding the evolving landscape and potential challenges is vital. Navigating HMRC investigations with diligence, transparency, and the support of reputable specialists will empower businesses to weather the scrutiny and emerge stronger in their pursuit of innovation.




Q1: What is R&D Tax Relief?

A1: R&D Tax Relief is a government incentive that allows eligible businesses to reduce their tax liability or claim payable tax credits for engaging in research and development activities.


Q2: How does HMRC investigate R&D tax relief claims?

A2: HMRC conducts thorough examinations of R&D tax relief claims to ensure accuracy and legitimacy, involving audits, document reviews, and sometimes on-site inspections.


Q3: What are Specialist Lenders?

A3: Specialist lenders are financial institutions that offer tailored financial solutions, including advances on anticipated R&D tax relief, to businesses facing delays in HMRC investigations.


Q4: Why is due diligence crucial in R&D tax relief claims?

A4: Due diligence ensures that R&D tax relief claims are accurate, well-documented, and in compliance with HMRC regulations, reducing the risk of scrutiny and delays.


Q5: How can businesses maintain transparency with HMRC during investigations?

A5: Open and transparent communication with HMRC, providing requested documentation promptly, and addressing any inquiries can contribute to a smoother investigation process.




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About the author


Sabbir Rahman is Managing Director of Langdon Capital. He has held prior roles with Morgan Stanley, Lazard and Barclays Investment Bank. He has executed over £60 billion in notional value of debt, equity, M&A and derivatives transactions with global corporates, private equity funds and financial sponsor groups.


About Langdon Capital


Langdon Capital assists innovative, high-growth companies, with >£1m in annual revenue and >30% in annual revenue growth, raise debt, or equity at Series A and later funding rounds, from a network of alternative investors spanning venture capital funds, corporate VC arms, family offices, venture debt funds, private credit funds, real estate funds and hedge funds.




This is not financial advice or any offer, invitation or inducement to sell or provide financial products or services or to engage in any form of investment activity.

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