Research and Development Tax Credit Program (section 220.196, Florida Statutes) Florida provides a corporate income tax credit for eligible businesses for certain qualified research expenses.  The Florida Corporate Income Tax Credit is contingent, in part, on the eligible business having received the federal research and development tax credit. Taxpayers will be able to apply to the Florida Department of Revenue (DOR) for an allocation of the Florida Research and Development Credit beginning on March 20, 2020.

To participate in this program the corporation must claim and be allowed a research credit against federal income tax for qualified research expenses under s. 41, IRC., and be in one of the following targeted industries:

  • Aviation and Aerospace
  • Cloud Information Technology
  • Homeland Security & Defense
  • Information Technology
  • Life Sciences
  • Manufacturing
  • Marine Sciences
  • Materials Science
  • Nanotechnology

Applicants will be required to include a letter from DEO certifying the applicant is an eligible target industry business when submitting an Application for Allocation of Credit with DOR. 

 

Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies:  Businesses that are partnerships, limited liability companies taxed as partnerships, or disregarded single member limited liability companies, are not corporations under Section 220.03, F.S., and, therefore, may not apply for an allocation of credit. However, each corporate partner of a partnership may apply separately for an allocation of credit based on the corporation’s separate research expenses, including allocated partnership research expenses, if the corporate partner is a qualified target industry business. For disregarded entities, the corporation that owns the single member limited liability company must apply separately for an allocation of credit based on the corporation’s separate research expenses, including those of the disregarded single member limited liability company, if the corporate owner is a qualified target industry business.

 

Please be advised that the DEO Certification letters issued will expire three (03) years from the date on the top of the certification letter.  Companies will need to be re-certified by DEO if they plan to submit an Application for Allocation of Credit after their certifications expire. 

Here’s a chart reflecting the final application deadline to DOR for companies that were issued DEO Certification Letters in calendar years, 2018, 2019, and 2020:

 

DEO CERTIFICATION LETTERS ISSUED IN

FIRST APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR DOR

SECOND APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR DOR

THIRD APPLICATION DEADLINE FOR DOR

2018

3/26/2018

3/26/2019

3/26/2020

2019

3/26/2019

3/26/2020

3/26/2021

2020

3/26/2020

3/26/2021

3/26/2022

2020 DEO Certification Request Form

New applicants will be required to complete and submit a new DEO Certification Request Form.

Applicants may obtain and return the completed DEO Certification Request Form by attaching it within an e-mail message sent to:

DEO must receive this certification request form before 5:00 pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, February 28, 2020. 

The DOR website contains information on this program, including application and tax credit program requirements.   DOR may be contacted by telephone at (850) 488-6800. Find out more about this tax credit program and the requirements in Tax Information Publication (TIP) 17C01-01.

For further information, please contact:
Burt C. Von Hoff
Department of Economic Opportunity
Division of Strategic Business Development
107 East Madison Street; MSC 80
Tallahassee, Florida  32399
Phone: 850-717-8974
Fax: 850-410-4770
E-mail: DEOcertificationrequest@deo.myflorida.com

Contacts

  • Burt Von Hoff

    (850) 717-8974
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