If you want to know how you can expect to receive your benefit, then this is determined by both the scheme you use to make your claim and the current financial position your business is in. Interestingly, it can also be dependent on your own wishes as HMRC will take this into consideration.
Typically, companies can expect to get their entitlement:
- In a single cash payment.
- A reduction in your Corporation Tax
- A carry forward or backward of an enhanced loss
- A mix of the above!
If you use the SME R&D scheme, then you can expect to see a reduction against your taxed profits, or even get a cash payment if you are a loss-making company.