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R&D Tax Credits for Aerospace

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What is the R&D Tax Credit for Aerospace?

The R&D tax credit for Aerospace is a unique tax incentive that benefits businesses that develop or improve upon products, processes, or services.  The R&D tax credit reduces your federal tax liability dollar-for-dollar and allows businesses an immediate source of liquid assets to get projects off to an immediate start.  Businesses are also able to claim the R&D tax credits retroactively for up to 3 or 4 years for work that has already been completed.


Many Aerospace businesses may be eligible for the R&D tax credits and not even realize it.  Does your Aerospace business qualify for the R&D tax credit?  The IRS has 4 guidelines in place to help businesses understand if they may qualify:

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1.  Does your business develop or improve upon products, businesses, or services?

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2.  Does your business systematically evaluate one or more alternatives during the process of experimentation?

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3.  Does your business attempt to solve a technical uncertainty?


4.  Does your business fundamentally rely upon established principles of science?

If you answered yes to these 4 questions, your Aerospace business may be eligible to claim these beneficial R&D tax credits.  Proveres is here to help you figure out the details.

What can the R&D Tax Credits do for Aerospace businesses?


  • Reduce your payroll taxes

  • Use as non-dilutive funding

  • Carry your credit forward



How It Works


Proveres will work closely with your business to gain maximum tax credits each year by following these 5 steps:

Identify & Discover

Proveres provides a full analysis of your business and operations, and will help identify which projects and work your business does that can be claimed towards the R&D tax credit.


Proveres reviews expense-related data from your business and identifies what will qualify for the R&D tax credit.


Proveres gathers relevant information and documentation into the qualifications for each R&D tax credit claim.

Validate & Support

When the credits to be claimed have been calculated and validated, Proveres assists your business to facilitate a smooth tax filing process.

Annual Reviews to Maximize Credits

In addition to discovering existing R&D tax credits your Aerospace business qualifies for, Proveres also helps your business identify and implement procedural changes to unlock future R&D tax credits.

Some examples include, but are not limited to Research, Development, Design, Experimentation, or Testing of any of the following categories:

  • New technology & Prototypes, Developing Products or Methods due to new regulations and requirements

  • Software

  • Hardware, Equipment & Components, Vehicles

  • Facilities

  • Methods & Processes

  • Fasteners & Bonding Agents

  • Metal Forming & Welding, Alloys and Powdered Metallurgy Components

  • Surface or Coating Treatments, Passivation, Non-Electrolytic Finishing, Hardening Techniques, Heat Treatment

  • Machining Techniques

  • Waste Reduction

  • Material Composites

  • Weight Optimization

  • Tension Strength & Durability

  • Satellites & Satellite Technologies

  • Radio Frequency

  • Aircraft, Spacecraft & Defense Components

  • Automation or Robotics Processes

  • Jigs, Dies, Fixtures

  • Tooling

  • Avionics

  • Communications, Navigation & Display Systems

  • Cable Harness Assemblies

  • Environmental Testing – Stress Screening, Temperature Resistance, Spatial Constraints


To learn more about the R&D Tax Credit for Aerospace, and whether your business qualifies, please contact us.

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