R&D Tax Relief

R&D Tax Relief is a generous incentive to encourage innovation within the UK, and to attract investment from overseas

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The UK Government’s Research and Development (R&D) Tax Relief is a way of giving companies involved in innovation tax relief on the costs involved. The system also helps make the UK attractive to overseas businesses.

There are two distinct schemes, the SME (small and medium enterprises) scheme and the Large Company scheme. We can advise you on the differences and which scheme is relevant to your business.

R&D Tax Relief is under utilised and there are many misconceptions; that it is only applicable for traditional ‘science’ led sectors; that it’s too complex and time consuming; and that it’s only for a narrow range of R&D activities.

Our team’s strength is in their knowledge of the tax relief, the requirements of submitting a claim and their tenacity in managing the claim proces from start to a successful outcome.

How Alliotts’ R&D specialists will help you with your R&D tax relief claim

  • We’ll start by identifying areas where you are eligible to make a claim.
  • We’ll then manage the complex application process on your behalf.
  • We’ll liaise with HMRC to ensure that you receive the correct tax relief due, promptly.

Why Alliotts?

Leaving your R&D claim in our capable hands makes the whole process hassle free and lets you focus on growing your business. We have experience of the process, the information that is required for a claim and as accountants we understand the numbers. We know that no two businesses are the same, and so we adapt our approach to match your situation.

About Alliotts’ R&D specialists:

  • An impressive track record of successful R&D tax relief claims
  • A History of identifying and submitting claims for activities which have previously been overlooked.
  • Management of the process from start to finish, from preparing the detail of the claim to filing it with HMRC.

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    Clair Dart | Alliotts



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    Clair’s experience has been generated over almost 20 years in practice. Over this time Clair has worked closely with clients operating in corporate and not for profit environments. Clair enjoys the technical aspect of the application of tax legislation to make sure clients are compliant, and the practical application to make sure that they are tax efficient. Tax is integral to each structure and to every transaction, Clair specialises in advising on the vital areas of corporate tax, tax reliefs and international VAT. The true value of Clair’s advice is that it is designed to provide solutions and is delivered in terms clients understand.

    Leading and mentoring a talented team of advisors Clair is driving Alliotts tax offering to ensure that it not only meets, but anticipates the needs of ambitious businesses in a global market. As a testament to her leadership skills Clair was awarded ‘Leader of the Year’ at Westminster Business Council’s 2023 Business Awards.


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    Erika Moralez-PerezCEO & Commercial LawyerICONOS GROUP

    “I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for your help this year. It’s been a tough one trying to navigate the changes and I really appreciate your time and patience and for my answering my questions.”

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    David Gibbs | Alliotts



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    David is an International Corporate Tax specialist. He has over 30 years’ experience in providing commercially focused tax advice and support to a wide range of clients, from technology start-ups to large inward investing corporates.

    A qualified Chartered Accountant, David went on to qualify as a Chartered Tax Adviser and prior to joining Alliotts as a partner in 2014 he held the position of tax partner in Grant Thornton and subsequently in PwC.

    David focuses on providing strategic tax advice to entrepreneurs and privately owned businesses. By investing time in understanding clients and their businesses he is able to provide advice which is practical and appropriate to clients’ circumstances in order to keep taxes to a sensible minimum. He advises on a wide range of taxes including transaction planning, UK outbound and inbound structuring, corporate tax, technology tax reliefs, investor and shareholder planning, capital gains tax and LLPs. David advises both UK and overseas business owners on international tax planning.

    David also specialises in advising individuals and businesses in the media sector on UK film tax credits, video games tax reliefs and other creative sector tax incentives. He also advises on EIS and SEIS.





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    Luke is a partner within our Corporate Finance and Outsourced Business Services teams.

    Luke’s approach is to invest time in understanding the client’s objectives and uses his expertise and experience to help the client achieve this.

    Luke particularly enjoys working with growing businesses and has experience in dealing with clients of a range of sizes, from large private equity firms to startups.

    Luke is also honoured to have been recognised in the 2021 Accountancy Age ’35 under 35′ awards, which showcases the rising talent in the industry who are making great contributions to both their firms and field.