Many civil engineering projects qualify for the Research and Development (R&D) Tax Credit. Engineering design activities related to bridges, water and wastewater treatment facilities, road design, site development, and other infrastructure projects have qualified research expenses (QREs) that can be used to offset tax liability through the R&D Tax Credit.
Employee wages, raw materials and supplies, and third-party contractor costs associated with R&D activities are considered QREs. Companies can receive refunds of up to 22% of total QREs through federal and state tax credits, depending on the state in which your business operates.
Examples of qualifying activities:
- Creating unique bridge/roadway designs or using innovative materials in designs
- Solving hydrologic, site design, or remediation challenges
- Developing unique stormwater management solutions
- Assessing the suitability of soil and land conditions
- Integrating green water management infrastructure
- Designing site-specific retaining wall structures
Do you have these job titles on your payroll, or do you hire third-party contractors to do these jobs?
- Civil Engineers
- Environmental Engineers
- Hydrological Engineers
- Project Managers
- Research Scientists
- Soil Scientists
- Structural Engineers