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Many companies in the beer brewing industry are unaware that the government offers generous research and development (R&D) incentive programs for which they may qualify. Even those that are aware often fail to capture the full extent of R&D Tax Credits to which they are entitled. The fact is that qualifying R&D activities take place in many industries and companies in which research is thought of not so much as a separate function, but rather as part of the product and process improvement work that goes on every day. For this reason, qualifying activities that happen during the normal course of business may be overlooked for purposes of the R&D Tax Credit. If you think you have to have a PhD and a state-of-the-art laboratory to be conducting qualified activities as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, think again. Let incentAdvise's brewing industry experts help you claim the credits you deserve.

Examples of activities and innovations eligible for R&D tax incentives include the following:

  • Developing new or improved hopping techniques

  • Developing new or improved hop varieties

  • Developing new or improved yeast strains

  • Developing new or improved fermentation processes

  • Developing new or improved bottling or canning processes

  • Developing new or improved bottle, bottle crown or can designs

  • Developing new or improved keg filling or treatment techniques

  • Developing new or improved ingredient processing techniques

  • Developing new or improved water recycling or waste management processes

  • Developing new or improved filtration methodologies

  • Developing new or improved brewing or bottling equipment

  • Developing new or improved product formulations

  • Developing new or improved ingredient mixing methodologies

  • Developing new or improved product prototype batches

  • Developing new or improved preservative chemicals

  • Testing of new or improved product designs to ensure consistency

  • Testing of new or improved product designs to ensure shelf life

  • Testing of product ingredient mixtures for desired flavor or aroma profiles

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In order to better serve food manufacturing and processing firms, incentAdvise has developed an Industry Specialization Program that focuses on the qualification and quantification of R&D tax benefits for companies operating in the diverse areas that comprise food sciences. This group employs individuals with extensive experience in food science-related industries. incentAdvise has qualified and quantified credits for corporations ranging from small private food processing firms to large, multi-national food manufacturers.

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