Certain startups can utilize it to offset up to $250,000 in payroll tax.
Guidance includes a comprehensive examination of the legal principles and authorities governing the research credit. Among these are regulations issued in October addressing when taxpayers that develop their own internal use software can claim the credit.
Discussion focuses on which activities are treated as qualified research, what expenses are eligible for the credit, how the credit is computed, and how it should be documented.
Also included is discussion of the basic research credit for research performed with no commercial objective and the energy research credit.