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
Benefits to your business
Expert guidance, that’s right for your business, at zero cost.
Support from technical and scientific experts, who understand the RDTI process.
Work with the team to lay the groundwork for future applications.
Making your RDTI application as stress-free as possible, so you can focus on innovating.
Is this right for me?
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.
Moving to in-year payments
Exploring whether in-year payments may be a preferable option.
Frequently asked questions
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.
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.
Checking that your legal structure is going to be eligible.
Feedback on your drafts before submitting.
Outlining best practice for record keeping of your R&D costs.
Making future applications easier, and giving advice that matches the future direction of your business.
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.
Meet our experts
I work as an RDTI Engagement Specialist where my primary focus is assisting New Zealand's innovative companies in effectively engaging with the R&D Tax Incentive, enabling them to confidently achieve their goals more quickly. I draw inspiration from Dr.Read more
I lead the RDTI (Research and Development Tax Incentive) Engagement Team where I am involved in delivering complex science innovation policy objectives working collaboratively with other government agencies to ensure the successful achievement of policy goals.Read more
I am an RDTI Engagement Specialist driven by a deep passion for research and development, coupled with a strong desire to assist our customers in understanding the intricacies of the R&D Tax Incentive, empowering them to push the boundaries of knowledge.Read more
I’m here to connect Kiwi innovators and entrepreneurs to the deep expertise we have here at Callaghan Innovation. My role is to help Kiwis solve technical challenges on their R&D journey by connecting innovators with our world-leading Callaghan Innovation experts, scientists and engineers.Read more