New York strict about research and development exemption.

New York maintains that in order for a taxpayer to qualify for a research and development exemption the use of the equipment (e.g. computers and software) in question must clearly be for direct use in research and development. A taxpayer petitioned an audit finding that determined some of their equipment used did not qualify for a research and development exemption. The Tax Appeals Tribunal found that the equipment was being used to organize their research data in a way that would provide value to their clients. Even though actual research information was a focus, the equipment in question was not used directly and predominantly in research. (Tax Appeals Tribunal, In the Matter of the Petition of Impath, Inc., Docket No. 818143.)

Posted on February 15, 2004