Frequently Asked Questions

Listed below are some of the most frequently asked questions our team receives about R&D tax credits

Why can’t cannabis businesses take advantage of the federal R&D tax credit?

Section 280E of the IRC forbids cannabis, and cannabis-related businesses, from deducting otherwise ordinary business expenses from gross income associated with the “trafficking” of Schedule I or II substances, as defined by the Controlled Substances Act. The IRS has subsequently applied Section 280E to state-legal cannabis businesses, since cannabis is still a Schedule I substance.

A throwback from the Reagan administration, Section 280E originated from a 1981 court case in which a convicted cocaine trafficker asserted his right under federal tax law to deduct ordinary business expenses. In 1982, Congress created 280E to prevent other drug dealers from following suit. It states that no deductions should be allowed on any amount “in carrying on any trade or business if such trade or business consists of trafficking in controlled substances.

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