Chemical 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:

  • Developing new and/or improved blending, synthesis, or packaging processes 

  • Developing new and/or improved specialty chemicals for industrial or consumer applications

  • Developing new and/or improved technologies

  • Developing new and/or improved chemical systems (water-based v. solvent-based)

  • Developing new and/or improved systems for use in resource recovery or waste cleanup 

  • Developing new and/or improved systems or techniques to improve safety during chemical production, handling, or transportation / storage

  • Developing new and/or improved reagents or devices for experimentation 

  • Developing new or improved feedstocks, additives, or product preservatives 

  • Designing new and/or improved applications for existing chemicals pursuant to government regulations

  • Designing new and/or improved testing methods/protocols, techniques, or formulae

  • Designing new or improved manufacturing processes

  • Designing new and/or improved drugs, compounds, and intermediates

  • Designing new and/or improved scaled-up manufacturing processes

  • Technical integration of new and/or improved automation processes or robotics

  • Testing to adhere to regulatory safety, efficacy, and environmental requirements

  • Testing to enhance product yield, decrease reaction times, or improve product quality

  • Evaluating pilot batches of new and/or improved products for testing and validation

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