[OSGeo-Discuss] Are United States R&D Tax Credits Applicable to Open Source Software Development?

Miles Fidelman mfidelman at traversetechnologies.com
Mon Nov 3 17:09:55 PST 2008

Landon Blake wrote:
> I’m currently working on a proposal to secure some corporate funding 
> for development of OpenJUMP, an open source desktop GIS viewer. I’d 
> like to know if any of you have experience with applying research and 
> development tax credits to the development of open source software (in 
> the United States). It will be a lot easier to secure funding if I can 
> show my boss that we could be eligible for a tax discount.
> Is it possible to apply research and development tax credits to open 
> source development? Where could I learn more about the rules and 
> limitations that would apply? Does the OSGeo have a guide for 
> companies or organization interested in funding open source 
> development? Could we put something like this together?
Take a look at the IRS web site, starting with Form 6765.  Unfortunately, it doesn't look like the credit has been renewed for 2008.  Beyond that, Google is your friend.

Miles R. Fidelman, Director of Government Programs
Traverse Technologies 
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Boston, MA  02111
mfidelman at traversetechnologies.com

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