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R&D funding support for businesses - during and after COVID-19

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R&D Tax Incentive

R&D Tax Incentive (RDTI)

In these challenging times many New Zealand businesses are finding it difficult to keep planned research and development (R&D) activity on track. For others, our current business environment offers opportunities to do more R&D.  

The Government has introduced urgent changes to the RDTI to provide extra cash support to businesses performing R&D to help support them through the disruption caused by COVID-19 and beyond.

The RDTI allows qualifying businesses to claim a 15% tax credit on their eligible R&D costs. New policy changes allow more loss-making businesses to have this R&D tax credit refunded in cash. These broader refundability rules are backdated to the beginning of the RDTI scheme (the 2019/2020 income year) to help put much-needed cash back into R&D-performing businesses that are making losses.

For details on these changes please read our RDTI refundability fact sheet and subscribe to receive updates on how to apply. Subscribers will also receive via email other government R&D support announcements as these are made.

F&P Healthcare

“The Growth Grant has been helpful to us, but the R&D tax credit is going to be better again due to the sheer amount of R&D we do.”

Andrew Somervell, Products and Technology VP, F&P Healthcare



"Beca gets immense value from the support we receive from Callaghan Innovation - it makes good business sense for us to move to the R&D Tax Incentive scheme."

Mark Fleming, CFO, Beca


Volpara Health

“More companies in New Zealand doing R&D will now be able to receive a benefit and that’s good for NZ Inc.”

Craig Hadfield, Volpara CFO


Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to commonly asked questions about the RDTI.

Check if your R&D is eligible

To help you determine if your R&D is eligible, we’ve developed an easy to use online tool. The simple questions give an indication of whether your R&D may qualify for the RDTI.
Click here to be taken to Inland Revenue's easy-to-use eligibility tool.

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