R&D Small Business Tax Credit

Category: State Incentives, Tax Incentives

A qualified R&D small business is eligible for a credit equal to the sum of all gross receipts taxes, compensating taxes or withholding taxes due to the state for up to three years.

Qualified research is defined as that undertaken for the purpose of discovering information that is technological in nature and the application of which is intended to be useful in the development of a new or improved business component and in which substantially all activities constitute elements of a process of experimentation related to new or improved function, performance, reliability or quality, but not related to style, taste, cosmetic or seasonal design factors.

Qualified R&D small business means a business that:

  1. Employs no more than 25 employees in any prior calendar month
  2. Had total revenue of no more than $5 million dollars in any prior fiscal year.
  3. Did not in any prior calendar month have more than 50% of its voting securities or other equity interest with the right to designate or elect the board of directors or other governing body of the qualified business owned directly or indirectly by another business
  4. Has made qualified research expenditures for the period of 12 calendar months ending with the month for which the credit is sought of at least 20% of its total expenditures for those 12 months.


New Mexico Economic Development Department