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The Research and Development Tax Incentive (RDTI) was created to give you - the inspirational Kiwi innovator - financial support as you navigate technical and scientific challenges, and look to change the world with your new ideas and concepts.

If the research and development (R&D) that you’re undertaking is eligible, you can claim a tax credit worth 15% of the overall eligible cost.

We know the credit not only eases financial pressures, but also acknowledges the R&D efforts going on behind the scenes - efforts which are playing a positive part in creating a better Aotearoa New Zealand for all.

As with all things tax related, the admin can get a little complicated or confusing. So, we’ve established a dedicated team to help you with bespoke support ahead of your submission. The team is made up of RDTI experts, who are well versed in the scheme, along with scientific and technical experts who have a deep understanding of R&D.

Our Engagement team will help you understand all the eligibility criteria, ensure you’re collecting the right information and lend a guiding hand as you progress towards filing your application. Once your application is submitted our Assessment team, a separate independent group of scientific and technical experts from the Engagement team will review your application.

With your R&D goals and aspirations in mind, we’ll help get you set up so future applications are as easy as possible.

Every business is different, so we tailor our support depending on your needs. Whatever your preferred communications channel or meeting format is, we can make it work. Support is available all year round, so you can beat the end of the tax year rush.

Best of all, the service is free. No unexpected consultancy fees or expenses.


By the numbers

$ 4 bn
of R&D spend supported
$ 606 m
in credits provided to date
750 +
businesses supported by the team each year

Benefits to your business

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Free expert support

Expert guidance, that’s right for your business, at zero cost.

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Science and tech minded

Support from technical and scientific experts, who understand the RDTI process.

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Set up for the future

Work with the team to lay the groundwork for future applications.

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Keep innovating

Making your RDTI application as stress-free as possible, so you can focus on innovating.

Is this right for me?

Most businesses carrying out R&D in Aotearoa New Zealand are eligible for the RDTI.

We’d recommend you complete the Business Eligibility and R&D Eligibility quizzes on the RDTI website. If you’re still unsure if you’re eligible, get in touch and we’d be happy to help.

We’re also here to support If you’ve previously applied for the RDTI and have had changes within your business that might impact an application.

Changes to your business status

Understanding any changes to the status of your business and if it has an impact on your eligibility.

Growth or new projects

Discussing new projects that are in the pipeline and helping you understand if they qualify.

Frequently asked questions

I’m not sure if I’m eligible for the RDTI tax credit. Can you help?

For sure. First thing to do would be taking the Business Eligibility and R&D Eligibility quizzes on the RDTI website. Still unsure - get in touch and we can help. We’re all ears.

Who manages the RDTI?

The RDTI is delivered jointly by Callaghan Innovation and Inland Revenue. Callaghan Innovation provides information and support, and helps establish the eligibility of your R&D activities. A separate independent team of scientific and technical experts will review your application. Our colleagues at Inland Revenue make decisions on applications and manage tax credit claims.

Do you give tax advice?

No - we’d recommend you visit the Inland Revenue website or speak with a qualified professional if you are seeking tax advice.

New to RDTI?

If you're new to the RDTI, we are here to help. Support is available year-round. We actively encourage businesses to get in touch well ahead of the end of the tax year.

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Business eligibility

Checking that your legal structure is going to be eligible.

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Reviewing applications

Feedback on your drafts before submitting.

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Record keeping and forecasting

Outlining best practice for record keeping of your R&D costs.

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Setting up for the future

Making future applications easier, and giving advice that matches the future direction of your business.

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R&D eligibility and projects

Identifying what your R&D is trying to achieve, helping you understand what’s eligible under the scheme, and helping set up additional applications if you’re working on multiple R&D work streams.

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Karen Thorn RDTI Customer Engagement Team Manager Helping Aotearoa’s innovators access the R&D Tax Incentive

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Sabina Patel RDTI Customer Engagement Specialist Expounding the simplicity of the R&D Tax Incentive

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Pablo German RDTI Customer Engagement Specialist Blending Science, Communication and Innovation

I work in the R&D tax incentive team which combines my passions in science, communication and innovation to help customers get the most of RDTI. Our great team are all helping NZ companies be more innovative, and in turn helping grow the NZ innovation ecosystem.

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