In a move intended to mitigate abuse of the relief, HMRC has placed certain Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit claims on pause while it investigates claim irregularities.

We are advised that the majority of R&D Tax Credit claims will not be affected. However, should you have a claim in progress or be looking to make a claim, you can expect delays to the usual processing times while HMRC completes its investigations.

HMRC has also requested that claimants do not contact the R&D helpline/mailbox to chase their claims. Instead you are asked to review your online tax account for updates on your claim status.

While the situation continues, HMRC highlights that you can help your claim to be processed quicker by completing all aspects of the R&D section of your Corporation Tax Return (CT600), and submitting additional information to support any claim, such as an R&D report.

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