Does your software development qualify for SR&ED?

March 06, 2020

Scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED) is probably the best known tax program in Canada’s tech ecosystem. And for good reason. This federal tax credit helps tech founders save money by allowing them to claim qualifying expenditures when they file their tax return. They can reduce their tax bill or—if they are not yet profitable—return real dollars to their bank account in many cases.

While tech leaders know about SR&ED, they often don’t know what development activities qualify. Think of SR&ED like an iceberg—many opportunities exist well below the surface.

To help you test your knowledge of SR&ED, we created this quiz outlining common research activities pursued by software companies. Some often qualify for SR&ED; others rarely qualify.

Be aware that eligibility is evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Consult your SR&ED consultant.


The information in this publication is current as of February 22, 2020.

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