What is an R&D Study?

A research & development study is a document that records your business expenses that qualify for the Federal R&D Credit. The R&D Credit is a federal income tax credit that allows companies to get cash back for innovative R&D completed in the U.S. A study can be thought of as cheap insurance for your R&D credit claim in case the IRS ever performs an audit, saving you from having to pay back the credit plus penalties.

Do I really NEED an R&D Study?

Claiming an R&D tax credit doesn’t require a study; however you’ll want a study performed in order to defend against an IRS audit. This will save you money and a headache in the future after claiming.

What business costs qualify for R&D credit?

To qualify for the R&D Credit, only specific expenses such as direct payroll, contractor fees, computer rentals, and research-related supplies can be considered qualifying expenses. An accurate and compliant R&D study is crucial to validate your claim with the IRS, ensuring eligibility and maximizing your credit.

Why should I choose Accountalent for my R&D Study?

Accountalent has helped thousands of startups claim a combined $100M+ in refundable R&D Credits. Our specialized software helps us conduct our R&D Studies at a fraction of the cost of other firms, while also ensuring they are compliant with IRS guidelines.

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Our Services

We provide unlimited, comprehensive income tax and financial services for startups of all stages. Accountalent handles income tax compliance, R&D studies, and other support services to ensure you’re IRS-compliant and getting best practices across the board.

Income Taxes

Accountalent offers an annual tax subscription geared specifically to startups that covers all your income tax compliance needs. This covers 1099’s, DE Franchise Tax Reports, and Federal & State Income Tax Returns.


Accountalent’s bookkeeping is specifically tailored for tech startups. We guide you through bookkeeping setup, putting you in control of your accounts and placing us as managers. Starting at just $199 per month, we are the most cost effective solution for startups.

R&D Study

Startups are eligible for up to $500,000 in refundable R&D Tax Credits annually. Accountalent’s AI-enabled software and startup-friendly prices help you maximize your refund.

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Accountalent’s easy process flow allows for simple BOI filings with monitoring services to ensure changes are reported timely. Your trusted advisors are here for you each step of the way.

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