Research and Development Tax Incentives for the Civil Engineering Industry


Civil Engineering

Research and Development Tax Incentives for the Civil Engineering Industry

It’s an unfortunate truth that far too many civil engineering firms fail to realize that their activities designing and developing systems for unique buildings and other structures may constitute qualified research and development (R&D) activities under the tax code, potentially entitling them to significant R&D tax credits. If you think you have to be a pharmaceutical company, designing a space shuttle, or operating in a laboratory to be conducting qualified activities as defined by the Internal Revenue Code, think again.

If your firm is in the civil engineering industry, there is a strong chance that you could benefit from an R&D Tax Credit study. Let alliantgroup’s engineering experts help you claim the credits that you deserve!

Examples of activities and innovations eligible for R&D tax incentives include the following:

    • Ensuring bridge and highway design meet specific structural and drainage requirements
    • Designing pavement, roadway, street design and related infrastructure
    • Developing innovative lateral force resistance systems for buildings
    • Creating foundation and earthwork design for unique site conditions
    • Designing retaining wall structures
    • Designing unique water treatment plants to optimize plant capacity or efficiency
    • Developing innovative wastewater technology
    • Designing of renewable energy infrastructure
    • Designing sanitary sewer systems and water collection system for new residential communities
    • Designing unique water pipelines and ancillary systems
    • Creating efficient grading designs for master plan requirements, including site drainage and plot foundations
    • Developing hydrology modeling used to determine water flow within a site
    • Designing water distribution systems for municipalities and water districts
    • Creating pump station designs
    • Designing military and civilian airfield infrastructure
    • Designing seismic infrastructure and retro-fitting

alliantgroup’s Engineering Industry Specialization Team

In order to better serve engineering firms of all kinds, alliantgroup has developed an Industry Specialization Program that focuses on the qualification and quantification of R&D tax benefits for companies operating in the engineering industry. alliantgroup’s Engineering Specialization Group employs individuals who have educational backgrounds and practical experience within the disciplines of architecture, civil engineering, mechanical engineering, and electrical engineering. alliantgroup has qualified and quantified credits for firms ranging from small startup firms to large, multi-national architecture and engineering firms.