Dáil Question for the Minister for Finance
Corresponding data cannot yet be provided for 2011 and 2012 as the tax returns for those years are either not yet due or are still being processed. Therefore it is not possible to provide the comparison requested by the Deputy.
Regarding the benefits of the current R&D scheme, the purpose of the scheme is to encourage R&D and innovation to be carried out in Ireland with a view to encourage the productive, high value-added sectors of our economy.
Regarding any changes to the R&D tax credit, I am unable to comment at this time, but all options will be considered as part of the regular process for Budget 2013.