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The art of preparing R&D tax claims while working remotely

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As we all adjusted to the current normal and get settled into working from home, I saw a lot of posts and blogs where people shared their beautiful home working set-ups. They had actual desks! And plants! Now, here at WhisperClaims we pride ourselves on our honesty, and I can honestly say that my home working set-up does not involve a desk of any kind. In fact, my workstation has become ‘wherever I can see the children and still type effectively!’

To illustrate this point, I thought I’d give you an insight into how I prepared WhisperClaims’ FY2020 R&D tax claim:

Day 1:

Goal: Set up my R&D claim from the sofa; Feed the kids!

5:00pm, on the sofa: Suddenly realise that the kids are quiet, and I have twenty minutes until I need to start cooking dinner.

Quickly sign in to WhisperClaims and set up our FY2020 claim.

Day 2:

Goal: Prepare an R&D claims report; Escape childcare carnage!

9:00am, in the garden: PE with Joe.

9:30am, at the kitchen table: Gasp for air. Catch up with the team over Zoom.

10:00am, at the kitchen table: Attempt to start filling out the R&D claim question set.

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10:03am: The bickering starts.

10:04am: Throw snacks into the living room.

10:10am: Realise the snacks are not enough. Gather broomsticks, blankets, doll, doll’s pushchair, frisbee, laptop and chair and head down to the garden.

10:15am-11:15am, in the garden: Sit shivering in garden wearing winter coat, hat and gloves. Fill out technical questions. Pull salary details from Xero and enter into the app.

11:15am – 11:30am, in the garden: The bickering starts again. Put laptop down and arrange timed laps of the lawn.

11:30am: Give up. Heave all of the stuff back into our second floor flat.

11:45 – 12:00, on the sofa: Sit awkwardly with a child on either side of me watching cartoons. Enter and apportion the rest of the R&D costs.

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12:00pm – 12:30pm, in the kitchen: Feed the ravenous hordes.

12:30pm – 1:00pm: Rare moment of peace while kids do crafts. Make space in amongst the chaos of craft materials on the coffee table for my laptop. Check through R&D claim, finalise and download report. Email to accountant while the going is good….

And that, my friends, was that. Half a day, two and a quarter hours of actual work, two happy-ish children and a complete R&D claim sent to our accountant – not bad at all!

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