R&D Claim Specialists


The Research Tax Credit (RTC) is a generous incentive program that rewards companies of any size for conducting research activities in the United States. The credit is a dollar for dollar reduction of federal taxes owed. The majority of states also offer a similar incentive based on the federal criteria. Explore DST Advisory Group’s specific services to learn how we can support your claims process.

Industries we work with

Historically, many companies fail to make an RTC claim because they falsely assume that the program is restricted to “High Tech” companies. The fact is that virtually any company may have qualified research activities (QRAs) at any given time. In general, if some of your staff are engaged in solving technological problems for which a solution is not readily apparent, there is a good chance that the work they are doing is fully or partially eligible. Here are some of the industries we have supported in successful R&D Tax Credit claims.


Parts and components manufacturing, fuel efficiency technologies, composite materials, EV battery technologies

Dental Industry

Complex or custom procedures, alternative materials or attachment systems, implementation of new dental systems (pressable ceramic systems)


Semiconductor development, designing new microchips, enhanced sensor capability, control system development, new electronic interfaces

Casting & Foundries

Alloy formulation, reduction of slag inclusion, shrinkage techniques, elimination of cracking, gating or baffle system development

Food Science Technology & Processing

Recipe formulation, product development, shelf-life, cleanliness methods, scale-up processes

Automation & Robotics

Industry 4.0, integrating sensors or robotics for assembly, RFID or wireless communication, autonomous robots


New crop varietals, new pesticides and insecticides, automated or PLC picking systems or irrigation systems


New or improved building and construction materials, manufacturing processes, material recycling, emission reduction techniques, alternative source materials, lean manufacturing approaches

Biotechnology & Medical Device

NPD, device hardware prototyping, pre-clinical or clinical trials, FDA or regulatory changes

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