In-house research expenses may include:
- Wages, excluding fringe benefits.
- Payments for the right to use computers.
Contract research expenses may include the amount paid for research done by a third-party for the benefit of the
The following types of expenses do not qualify:
- Land or improvements to land
- Depreciable equipment
- Management surveys
- Costs incurred to adapt a product to a particular customer’s needs
- Research funded by any government entity
How to obtain the credit?
Electronic Certification Process
The enterprise zone certification is now available online and taxpayers are encouraged to use this new system, which is more accurate and secure than the paper certification process. This online system will be used for both the pre-certification process and the final certification of the tax credits.
For any credit generated on or after January 1, 2012, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) will electronically notify the Department of Revenue of any credits generated in 2012 or later. Enterprise Zone credits cannot be claimed on a tax return filed prior to this notification. The Department of Revenue will post a notification on its Web site in the Income Tax Index when the information is available and returns can be filed to claim these credits, which should occur no later than March 31.
The department strongly recommends that taxpayers use the online certification process to ensure that the credit data is accurately and timely transmitted to the Department of Revenue. This is particularly important for passthrough entities that must provide the name, ID number and the amount of the distributed credit of each partner/shareholder/member of the entity. Failure to accurately provide this information will result in the tax credit being denied until the information is corrected with the Enterprise Zone administrator.