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Tax Notes Federal: Reduced Research Credit Election May Not Always Be Advantageous

March 02, 2020

The Section 280C(c) election provides for a reduced research credit as determined under section 41, and is often made for state tax purposes. Taxpayers typically, but not always, made this election before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

However, given the preferential place that the research credit has in the base erosion and anti-abuse tax (BEAT) calculation, this election may not always be advantageous, even considering state tax implications.

In “Reduced Research Credit Election May Not Always Be Advantageous” published in the latest issue of Tax Notes Federal, Brian Abbey, GTM’s Managing Director of International Tax Services, and Jim Swanick, GTM’s Managing Director, Federal Tax Services, illustrate some examples of when the election may not make sense.

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