You can use the following information to obtain an indication of the maximum transition support payment your business may be entitled to receive. However, your actual payment amount will be calculated by the Callaghan Innovation team once you have applied for the transition support payment and provided all of the necessary information, including Inland Revenue’s ‘R&D Tax Incentive: Transition Support Payment’ letter.
The transition support payment amount is determined using formulas that require calculation of your business’s expenditure on eligible R&D, under both the Growth Grant and RDTI schemes.
Callaghan Innovation will assess applications and calculate full-year transition support payments using three definitions of eligible R&D expenditure:
Key definitions are explained in the table below:
Here is the full-year formula Callaghan Innovation will use to determine the total amount of each business's transition support payment in any of the relevant years:
The full-year calculation formula can be expressed as:
Below is a working example that illustrates how the full-year calculation will be applied.
In this example, the business had a Growth Grant contract which ended on the last day of its 2020/2021 year. The business participated in the RDTI in the 2021/2022 year and did not receive a Project Grant.
The business’s transition support payment for the 2021/2022 year is $32,955.20.
After going through the RDTI application and assessment process, it is possible your R&D might not fit the current RDTI R&D eligibility criteria. In this case, your RDTI Eligible R&D Expenditure figure will equal zero.
It is important to note that the calculation formula differs from the above if you are claiming the transition support payment for a part-year rather than a full-year.
For the 2020/2021 income year only, customers who had balance dates (i.e. financial year end dates) between 1 April 2021 and 30 September 2021 were able to participate in both the Growth Grant and the RDTI. This is a special exception for this group of customers only.
These customers were able to receive Growth Grant payments until 31 March 2021 (the end of the Growth Grant scheme), and to apply for the RDTI for the remainder of their 2020/2021 income year. As these businesses submitted part-year RDTI applications, they are also able to submit part-year 2020/2021 transition support payment applications.
Callaghan Innovation will assess applications and calculate part-year transition support payments using four definitions of eligible R&D expenditure:
Here is the part-year formula Callaghan Innovation will use to determine the total amount of an eligible business's transition support payment in the 2020/2021 income year:
Below is a working example which illustrates how the part-year calculation will be applied.
The business has a balance date of 30 June 2021. Its Growth Grant contract ended on 31 March 2021, and it participated in the RDTI from 1 April to 30 June 2021. It has submitted a part-year transition support payment application for the 2020/2021 income year. In its transition support payment application, it has noted the following:
The business’s transition support payment for the 2020/2021 year is $10,000.
Before you start your application, it is important that you know about the compliance requirements for the transition support payment. These are:
Under the Ministerial Direction, Callaghan Innovation must provide an assurance to MBIE that businesses are complying with the requirements of the transition support payment scheme. This means that for each year of the transition support payment scheme, up to a third of transition support payment applications (for each of the three relevant years) will be audited, to ensure the integrity of the scheme.
The audits will verify the directors' attestation that a business has accurately assessed its Growth Grant Eligible R&D Expenditure for the relevant year, and made a good faith attempt to participate in the RDTI. That is, that all eligible R&D expenditure was included in the SR/GA/CAM application(s) for that income year.
Businesses with significant differences between their RDTI R&D expenditure and Growth Grant R&D expenditure should expect to be audited.
Any overpaid transition support payments will need to be repaid to Callaghan Innovation. The business will also be required to pay an additional amount set by Callaghan Innovation. Callaghan Innovation may waive this additional amount if the excess amount the business received was small (compared to its actual Growth Grant Eligible R&D Expenditure) and it determines that the error in its self-assessment was made in good faith, or if other exceptional circumstances apply. In setting the amount, Callaghan Innovation will be guided by the considerations outlined in the Ministerial Direction.
For each of the years in which the transition support payment operates (2019/2020, 2020/2021 and 2021/2022), businesses selected for audit will be asked to provide:
Businesses that are audited must provide evidence of accurate assessment of Growth Grant Eligible R&D Expenditure in the relevant year; and evidence of a good-faith attempt to apply for funding under the RDTI. The burden is on the business to establish that it has complied, rather than on Callaghan Innovation to determine that it has not. Businesses may be asked to provide:
Businesses may also be asked to provide:
The following table shows the approximate audit start dates for each of the income years covered by the transition support payment scheme: