• Service: Tax, Tax & Legal Services, Research & Development Tax Credits
  • Type: KPMG information
  • Date: 02/08/2013

The Research & Development Tax Credit – The Professionals’ Guide 

The Research & Development Tax Credit – The Professionals’ Guide

KPMG’s R&D Incentives Practice has authored Ireland’s only specialist book on the subject of R&D tax credits. Edited by Ruud van der Hoeven (Director, Edwards Lifesciences) and published by the Irish Tax Institute (ITI), this new publication offers essential and practical guidance on all aspects of the regime.

Key Features:

  • General introduction to and explanation of the R&D tax credit, including key features, documentation requirements and how to process a claim
  • Explanation of how the regime works
  • Analysis of what are R&D activities
  • Overview and guidance on eligible expenditure
  • Guidance on how to avoid common pitfalls
  • Insight into how Revenue audit R&D claims
  • Comparisons between the Irish regime and other jurisdictions



The Research & Development Tax Credit – The Professionals’ Guide is available for purchase on the Irish Tax Institute website.



Ken Hardy is a Partner with KPMG. He leads KPMG's R&D Incentives Practice and has prepared a large number of substantial R&D tax credit claims for multinational corporations, as well as for small and medium-sized enterprises. He also has significant experience of R&D tax credit audits conducted by Revenue. Ken is a founding member of KPMG’s Global R&D Incentives Practice, and is practice leader for Europe, Middle East and Africa.



Ruud van der Hoevenis Director of European Tax and Treasury at Edwards Lifesciences, Switzerland and oversees key aspects of European direct and indirect tax compliance, audit defence, and tax accounting. Previously, Ruud worked with Integra LifeSciences, Deloitte (Dublin and Amsterdam) and Arthur Andersen (Amsterdam). Ruud holds a Master’s Degree LL.M specializing in taxation, from the University of Utrecht and a Certificate in Banking from the Dutch Institute for Banks. Ruud is an AITI Chartered Tax Adviser (CTA) and a Member of the Dutch Association of Tax Advisers (DATA).


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