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If you’re a startup that has received VC funding, there’s a very strong chance that you’re eligible for the R&D tax credit. This is because you de facto fulfill the Research and Development Tax Credit requirements:
So yes, an investor would be more interested in a startup that meets the R&D Tax Credit requirements because they 1) have proven that their R&D work is creating something new/revolutionary/groundbreaking and 2) the founders are smart enough to file for the tax credit, hence saving the investors’ funds.
There are other tax credits that some small businesses take advantage of. However, for a VC backed company (that’s losing money) most of these credits will not be helpful, since they rely on the company generating positive, taxable income. So your best bet is to talk to a CPA, like Kruze, who subscribes to the lists of government incentives and who can help you figure out which, if any, make sense for your particular business.
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