State Incentive

In-house Research & Development- R&D Credits & Incentive


Eligible businesses that qualify for federal research and development tax credits may be offered state tax credits at the discretion of the AEDC Executive Director.

The Consolidated Incentive Act 182 of 2003, as amended by Act 1596 of 2007, authorizes an income tax credit to eligible businesses that conduct “in-house” research within a research facility that is operated by the eligible business. Prior to July 31, 2007, the credit allowed for approved in-house research is 10% of qualified expenditures. However, the maximum credit that can be earned by each qualified business shall not exceed $10,000 per tax year.

Effective July 31, 2007 Act 1596 of 2007 provides that new or existing eligible businesses that conduct in-house research in a research facility operated by the business and that qualify for federal research and development tax credits may qualify for an income tax credit equal to twenty-percent (20%). The income tax credit may be used to offset one hundred percent (100%) of an eligible business's annual income tax liability. Unused credits may be carried forward for a period not to exceed nine (9) years.

To claim the credits authorized, attach to the tax return a copy of the Certificate of Tax Credit issued by the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority.

For information regarding application into the In-House Research Income Tax Credit Program, contact Arkansas Economic Development at (501) 682-1121 or visit their website at