Reminder: Ohio Offers R&D Credit on CAT Tax– February 02, 2012

This is a reminder to our clients and contacts who are preparing their fourth quarter Commercial Activities Tax (CAT tax) return due Friday, February 10, 2012. The Ohio CAT tax allows a non-refundable credit for research and development (R&D) expenses. Similar to the reporting of gross receipts for the CAT tax, the credit is calculated on a calendar year basis, regardless of the taxpayer’s fiscal year.

The credit available is equal to 7% of the excess of the average of the prior three years’ R&D expenses. Ohio’s definition of R&D expense is the same as the federal and generally includes amounts paid for wages, supplies and 65% of amounts paid to outside research firms.

Example:
Taxpayer has $1.25 million in qualified R&D expenses in calendar-year 2011. The client had R&D expenses of $1 million in 2010; $795,000 in 2009; and $500,000 in 2008. For its 2011 CAT tax returns, the client can claim a non-refundable credit of $33,950. This is calculated as $ 1.25 million minus the three-year average of $765,000, multiplied by 7%.

Don’t worry if you don’t have your 2011 R&D expenses quantified by the February 10th deadline. You will have the option to amend the fourth quarter return at a later date in order to capture the credit.

For more information, contact Tracy Monroe at tmonroe@cohencpa.com or a member of your service team.

This communication is for information only, and any action should only be taken after a detailed review of the specific situation and appropriate consultation.

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