Blockchain companies may be eligible for R&D tax credits for performing qualified research activities. For example, the following activities may be eligible for R&D tax credits:

  • Performing technical research to analyze, asses and respond to potential block chain threats

  • Developing new and/or improved platforms or applications providing new and/or improved features, functionality, performance, reliability, or quality

  • Developing new and/or improved smart contracts (computerized transaction protocol) to automate digital contracts and facilitate, verify, or execute the performance of a contract 

  • Developing new and/or improved algorithms  to manage user privacy and consensus in private or public blockchain networks

  • Designing new and/or improved collection, security, efficiency processing, and analysis of large data sets during distribution 

  • Designing blockchain applications to adhere to new and/or evolving government regulations

  • Evaluating and testing new and/or improved security applications built on blockchain to ensure data privacy and security protection

  • Designing new and/or improved scalable back-end solutions

  • Designing and deploying new and/or improved block chain secure design patterns and solutions

  • Designing or integrating new and/or improved scalable and efficient applications to manage specific processing nodes in a public or sectorwide blockchain

  • Testing new and/or improved security assessments and control matrix review protocols

  • Test and auditing new and/or improved smart contract development protocols

  • Evaluating network attacks and systemic security issues to enhance threat and vulnerability protections

  • Penetration testing, security logging, forensics, in direct support of research and development activities to enhance and/or improve the platform

 

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