New Hampshire’s High-Tech Industry on The Rise With $7 Million In R&D Tax Credits
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu has issued a statement saying that $700 million will be given out to 200 New Hampshire businesses in 2017, meeting 92.4% of the total requested dollar amount for each company. This wasn’t all done by the Governor, but with the help of the Republican leadership and the Legislature, as well as the Senator Jeb Bradley who increased the Research and Development (R&D) tax credit from $2 million in 2008 to $7 million in 2017.
The reason for increasing the R&D Tax Credit for New Hampshire is the small economy of this area. Although most businesses are SMEs, they are high-tech focused and would benefit greatly from the increased R&D credits.
Governor Chris Sununu believes that the change in the R&D Tax Credit will send out a message that New Hampshire is now “open for business.” He is hoping that this change will promote a business-friendly environment that will spark company growth and job creation, thereby benefiting everyone.
The New Hampshire Legislature enacted an R&D tax credit in 2007 for businesses that paid taxes to the state of New Hampshire. In 2007 the Legislature designated $1,000,000 to be available for the next five fiscal years. In 2013 that was changed and a new Bill was passed changing the amount to $2,000,000, which was subsequently increased to $7,000,000 in 2015 (effective as of July of 2017).
Sununu believes that R&D is key to driving the future investment of businesses in New Hampshire. If you would like to find out how your business could benefit from R&D tax credits, contact a Swanson Reed R&D Tax Advisor today.