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A short collection of our musings on life, the universe, and all things R&D tax relief.

WhisperClaims team

Reservoir Dogs or The Beatles? Meet the team

Last month we hit a really important milestone here at WhisperClaims … it was our one year anniversary! Yay! Now, we're a modest team but one year is kinda special and we decided a...

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Our story: disrupting the R&D tax relief market

When you start to build a business, it’s inevitable that you'll have a number of goals in mind. For us, it was a mixture of things, but a core driver was to create something...

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Less is more – getting it right first time

In our last blog post (‘Avoiding the elephant traps when writing R&D reports‘), we talked about how to avoid some of the common pitfalls in applying for R&D tax relief. This time we wanted...

Lies, damned lies and statistics

It’s statistics time again! That one hallowed day of the year when I get to take off my Operations Director hat and let out my inner scientist. The annual Research and Development Tax Credit...

WhisperClaims nominated for the Scotland Tech 50

Last week we were surprised and very flattered to find out that WhisperClaims has been included in the long-list for Business Cloud’s Scotland Tech 50. The aim of this award is to recognise the...

The Scottish Financial Technology Awards 2019 Finalists

We’ve been shortlisted for the Scottish Financial Technology Awards!

Our Jen Badger gives us her heart-felt account of what it means to be shortlisted for the Scottish Financial Technology Awards a year on from the launch of WhisperClaims.  Back in August, we were...

Avoiding the elephant traps when writing R&D reports

Avoiding the elephant traps when writing R&D reports

When making claims for R&D tax relief, most companies (or their advisors) will prepare a technical narrative to accompany the numbers. Ideally, this should give HMRC a clear idea of what the company is...

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Don’t get bamboozled by grants

The interaction of grants and R&D tax credits is one of the least well understood parts of HMRC’s R&D Tax Relief scheme, but it doesn’t have to be – it’s actually not that bad...

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Don’t miss out on a lucrative R&D tax relief payout!

“How can I identify clients that are eligible to claim R&D tax relief?” If we had £1 for every time we’ve been asked this by a client, we’d (pauses to count on fingers) be...

Myth busters

De-bunking the myths on R&D tax credit claims

Despite the fact that HMRC’s R&D tax credit scheme is now close to 20 years old (how time flies!), there are still quite a few stubborn myths and questions that never quite seem to...

Emerging Fintech Company of the Year 2019 – another win!

Last week we were thrilled to be awarded ‘Emerging Fintech Company of the Year’ at the Scottish Accountancy and Financial Technology Awards. We were up against stiff competition in the form of two of...

How technology is starting to impact the R&D tax market – FreeAgent Webinar 27th March 2019

We had the great pleasure of being hosted by our friends over at FreeAgent back in March, where we delivered a webinar on the impacts of technology on the R&D tax market. Delivered from...

HMRC’s new portal for submitting R&D claims – here’s what we think

With not much in the way of public fanfare, HMRC recently launched their beta online platform to support the submission of SME R&D claims. As we’re in the R&D software platform business ourselves, you...

“Tech Start-ups don’t need MD’s”

Great article about our management structure and, well, overall approach to managing our business, published in todays BusinessCloud and written by Tech Journalist and Editor, Mo Aldolou: https://www.businesscloud.co.uk/news/tech-start-ups-dont-need-mds

2018 UK Business Tech Awards – we won!

When we were first shortlisted for the “Best Use of Innovation” at the UK Business Tech Awards, we were over the moon at being recognised as part of a cohort of eight outstanding shortlisted...

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HMRC R&D stats 2018 – what’s new?

It’s that time of year again. All over the country, R&D tax credit advisors and consultants are locking themselves away in darkened rooms, often with a marketing expert sitting alongside, and poring over the...

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How do you test more R&D tax relief reports than there are grains of sand on Earth?

I don’t know about you, but it’s not often I get to dust off the theory I learned at university and apply it in real life. Recently, however, I had one of those oddly...

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The costs of producing a R&D tax relief claim – and why you might be too small

As a former founder of an established R&D tax relief consultancy, I'm perhaps more familiar than most with the costs of preparing a claim for R&D tax relief. Actually, since “preparing a claim” can...

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We’re off and running – a new approach to R&D tax claims!

After a hectic few months, I'm pleased to finally say that we've got the WhisperClaims team together and are ready to go! Richard Edwards and Jen Smeed join as Director/Shareholders and Rick Henry as...

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