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Read more about Praveen Yadav's, SciArt Software's CTO, entrepreneurial journey and his discovery of resources that assisted his commercialization efforts.

Are You Eligible for the federal R&D Tax Credit?

This free webinar will tell you.

We are hearing more and more about the federal R&D tax credit. 
As we approach tax time, are you checking to see if your business is eligible?

 

Register for our March 5th webinar to find out if you are eligible to take advantage of this program!


What is the credit? Both federal and state credit available to any company or person that incurs R&D expenses in the U.S.
Why is it available?  The aim is to promote investments in technology & hiring.
How do I claim a credit?  Credit is normally applied to income taxes but can be used to offset payroll taxes.
Is it really worth it?  Tax professionals we spoke with suggest a company can receive 5-10% of their R&D expenses.  And, if eligible, a company might be able to claim up to 3 previous tax years.
Why haven’t I heard of this?  While the program has been around since the mid 1980’s, rules changed in 2015 that made the tax credit permanent and removed some of the uncertainty.  A big change included the ability for startups without profit to apply the credit to offset payroll taxes.
How do I learn more?  CTC is hosting a webinar featuring Chad Paul from
BDO (Formerly Smith and Gesteland) on the R&D Tax Credit on March 5. 
Feel free to reach out with any initial questions you may have, but please remember that CTC consultants are not tax professionals.  Find a professional that is a good fit for you.
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Planning on submitting an
SBIR/STTR in 2019 but don't know where to start?

Follow our guide to building the first draft of your SBIR proposal.

  1. Relax and breathe.
  2. Read through the solicitation and proposal preparation instructions quickly.
  3. Write down answers to my 20 questions below.  These should be easy for you to answer and will get you started thinking about what to write and what is important.
  4. After you write out answers, go to the template for this agency. If you don't have a template then create your own using the proposal section outline and format given in the agency solicitation and proposal preparation guidance (every agency has one).  Put in all the headings and any section description info and create space to add text.  Wherever you can, paste your answers to the 20+ questions into the template wherever it makes the most sense.  Add a little more detail or background info to make the story flow and more clear.
  5. There, you have a first rough draft
  6. Send rough draft to CTC to review and we will discuss what is needed to turn it into a better draft.
Click here to access the 20 questions that will help your first draft take shape.

Are you an AgTech company seeking new
networks and partners?

Consider the regional AgTech summit affiliated with the Midwest I-Corps Node (MWIN) Industry Connect event March 5-6 in Champaign, IL. The event is free, but registration is required!

The Summit will bring together over 300 attendees representing more than 40 companies.  This is a great opportunity to engage with decision makers in the Ag Tech space. MWIN will host a one-day, March 5 prep and networking event with the summit following on March 6.  In past years, presenters and attendees at the University of Illinois Research Park Ag Tech Summit have come from a broad group of companies such as Granular, Agrible, John Deere, and AGCO, to name a few.  They represent industries ranging from agriculture to financial services to internet services to health care. 
 

Register here to attend the MWIN Industry Connect event in conjunction with the Ag Tech Summit. 

Check out the agenda for the Ag Tech Summit
 
In a coordinated event, Enterprise Works will be organizing a
workshop on applying for SBIR grants from the USDA.  This event has a separate registration HERE

For more information, contact Howard Gerwin, Associate Director of Technology Acceleration at howar@illinois.edu.

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Events

February 13, 2019
Silicon Pastures Angel Session: Term Sheets and Tax Benefits
Godfrey & Kahn

March 5, 2019
R&D Tax Credits for Tech Startups
CTC &
BDO

March 18, 2019
Wisconsin Tech Summit
Wisconsin Tech Council

Solicitation and Review Deadlines

January 31, 2019
WI Governor's Business Plan Contest
Wisconsin Tech Council

February 6, 2019
DOD SBIR/STTR Deadline
Department of Defense

February 18, 2019
DOE SBIR/STTR Deadline
Department of Energy

April 5, 2019
NIH Application Due

National Institute of Health

Did you know?

The April 19, 2019 Ideadvance due date will arrive before you know it!
Contact the New Idea Concierge about your eligibility/idea today.
Could you use some help writing a SBIR/STTR proposal or commercialization plan?   Apply for a
CTC Micro-grant to put towards hiring a service provider to help you with the process!
Let us be your assistant! 
CTC is piloting a program aimed at building custom reminders alerting YOU of timelines for funding opportunities (SBIR and other), available programs to push your business forward, post Phase II resources and the dates CTC program solicitations open.
Learn more here.
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