Section 174 New Requirements and Its Impact on Technology Companies

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On the surface, it may seem like a simple accounting method change, but Section 174: Amortization of Research & Experimental Expenditures has complex implications and rules, particularly for technology companies, as it relates to research and software development costs.

Section 174 impacts technology companies much more than other industries. In the latest episode of our Technology podcast, Tim Larson, Tax Partner, welcomes members from Cherry Bekaert’s Tax Credits & Incentives Advisory practice, Martin KaramonDaniel Mennel and Carolyn Smith Driscoll, to discuss new mandatory requirements for taxpayers under Section 174 and what it means for technology companies.

In this podcast, we’ll cover: 

  • 1:28 – Background and overview of the rules surrounding Section 174
  • 3:34 – Differences between the R&D credit and Section 174
  • 7:06 – Companies in Losses
  • 8:47 – Methodologies to consider for allocation of overhead
  • 10:22 – Software Development vs. Services

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