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Looking into 2014:
5 Questions of Eligibility


CRA's 5 questions of eligibility are becoming increasingly important in 2014. Don't risk your SR&ED claim being denied or not claiming your full entitlement. Speak with a BeneFACT SR&ED expert today to get started on maximizing your claim (1-855-TAX-BACK)

As a reminder, the 5 questions are:

1. Was there a scientific or a technological uncertainty - an uncertainty that could not be removed by standard practice?

2. Did the effort involve formulation hypotheses specifically aimed at reducing or eliminating the uncertainty?

3. Was the adopted procedure consistent with the total discipline of the scientific method including formulating, testing, and modifying the hypotheses?

4. Did the process result in a scientific or technological advancement?

5. Was a record of the hypotheses tested and the results kept as the work progressed?

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