Why So Many Businesses Finance Their SR&ED And Film Tax Credits

OVERVIEW – Information on shred tax credits and film tax credit programs . Financing these refundable credits provides valuable cash flow when it’s most needed.

Shred (‘ SR&ED’) tax credits and film tax programs is all bout timing, as well you your time investment. Timing is of course everything in business… and life. Let’s examine the benefits and reasons for financing your refundable tax credits in Canada. Let’s dig in.

To say the entire ‘ SRED ‘ process ‘ takes time ‘ is a bit of an understatement. Naturally firms that file every year to get their share of the Billions of dollars the govt ‘ doles out ‘for this program probably have the process down to a tee. That still is time and money though, and for the first time applicant it’s probably a bit daunting. But oh, the reward!

Our them of timing really involves the absolute start of your SR&ED process right up to final filing of your claim . And oh yes, then the ‘ waiting ‘ part of our timing theme begins… as business owners/financial managers wait for their refund to be reviewed, processed, and funded .. the proverbial ‘ your cheque is in the mail!
Relying on a qualified SR&ED consultant is also a key part of the overall SRED process. It’s these folks that identify your eligibility for the claim and create a claim summary that maximizes your total recovery If you choose to finance your claim , either before or after it is filed ( yes ‘ before ‘ is possible!) the reputation of that consultant is one of the votes to get your claim approved and financed.

Most business owners who file SR&ED have a fairly good handle on how much of a claim they will have based on the total amt of their spend vis a vis the govt formulas. As far as financing that claim you’re eligible for a 70% loan to value vis a vis the total amt of your claim. For example a 100k claim would generate a 70k bridge loan in your favor – no payments are made for the duration of the financing. That duration of course depends on the timing of your review given the govt review, receives, and sometimes audits claims depending on size or their technical nature.

Many businesses eligible for ‘SHRED’ actually don’t apply – they give various reasons – ‘ too complicated’, ‘ we don’t know if we qualify’, ‘ we don’t have anyone to prepare our claim’, ‘ someone else does our r&d’.. Etc.
We’ll let the business owner then decide if he or she wants to file and possibly finance a SR&ED claim – suffice to say their competitors are.

Canada has of course gone ‘ HOLLYWOOD NORTH ‘ big time in recent years – the fluctuating Cdn dollar also plays a part in the decision to film, produce or animate a project in Canada.

Tax credits for file handed out in the Billions in Canada, by almost every province. Safe to say the debate rages on as to why the govt issues refundable tax credits… aka ‘ real money ‘ for this industry. While the pundits debate the producers / owners collect though!

In the U.S. tax credits vary among the 50 state regimes. Funding seems to come and go, as does the debate. Additionally not all states have ‘ refund credits ‘ as in the Canadian tax regimes. Canada is much more stable in this manner and most provinces and the federal govt agree that these credits benefit in some manner Canada.

Refundable film / TV and animation tax credits are fully financeable, much in the same manner as our aforementioned SR&ED program,

Whether you’re making a movie of investing in commercial R&D in the commercial business environment consider financing your tax credits to cash flow those refunds immediately. Seek out and speak to a trusted, credible and experienced Canadian business Financing Advisor with a track record of success who can assist you with your tax credit financing needs.

7 Park Avenue Financial :
Business financing for Canadian Firms , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing , Equipment Leasing , franchise finance and Cdn. Tax Credit Finance . Founded 2004 – Completed in excess of 100 Million $ of financing for Canadian corporations . Info /Contact :


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Stan has had a successful career with some of the world’s largest and most successful corporations.
Prior to founding 7 Park Avenue Financial in 2004 his employers over the last 25 years were, ASHLAND OIL, ( 1977-1980) DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION, ( 1980-1990) ) CABLE & WIRELESS PLC,( 1991 -1993) ) AND HEWLETT PACKARD ( 1994-2004 ) He is an expert in Canadian Business Financing.

Stan has over 40 years of business and finance executive experience. He has been recognized as a credit/financial executive for three of the largest technology companies in the world; Hewlett-Packard, Digital Equipment and Cable & Wireless. Stan has had in depth, hands on experience in assessing and evaluating thousands of companies that are seeking financing and expansion. He has been instrumental in helping many companies progress through every phase of financing, mergers & acquisitions, sales and marketing and human resources. Stan has worked with startups and public corporations and has many times established the financial wherewithal of organizations before approving millions of dollars of financing facilities and instruments on behalf of his employers.

Stan Prokop

7 Park Avenue Financial
Canadian Business Financing