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Registering for the research and development tax incentive

Before claiming research and development tax credits, you'll need to first register for the research and development tax incentive. Then, unless you elect to be a significant performer, you must obtain general approval for your R&D activities before claiming tax credits.

You can register for the research and development tax incentive (RDTI) in myIR. You'll only need to do this once. You will not have to register for the RDTI every year.

Register for the research and development tax incentive

Once registered, you'll be able to:

  • apply for general approval
  • elect to be a significant performer
  • file a supplementary return.

Research and development (R&D) tax incentive due dates  

To help customers manage the impacts of COVID-19, the Commissioner of Inland Revenue has extended the due dates for some of the application years. 

Research and development tax incentive due dates 

Support

Callaghan Innovation can support you with your general approval applications if you’re new to the R&D tax incentive. Request support on the R&D tax incentive website.

Free tailored R&D tax incentive support - rdti.govt.nz

Last updated: 25 Jun 2021
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