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How We Help Your Business

The Federal Government and many states are strongly encouraging you to take advantage of the R&D Tax Credit and reinvest the savings back into your business to be more competitive.

We work with senior business leaders and CPA firms to reduce tax liabilities by diligently following the R&D Tax Credit code. Typically, the tax savings are reinvested back into the business to make it more competitive, grow faster and more profitable.


Industries Served


You develop or improve products or processes for yourself or your customers. Or, you're improving your production methods to make them more efficient and cost effective.



You develop or improve software that is licensed to others, your customers need to conduct business with you, or supports core internal business functions.



Broad categories could include engineering, construction, professional services, environmental and life sciences, and technology. 

How We Do It

Since 2004, we have continuously improved our people, processes, and technology to help us achieve our goal of being your best business partner. We will collaborate with you, following our proven methodology, to get the job done right and deliver results.

Black Line Group will:

  • receive a no-cost analysis of our findings with a go/no-go recommendation based on the investment, estimated savings, and overall ROI.
  • provide a robust electronic deliverable supporting your credit.
  • plan your credit
  • execute your credit and keep you informed with every step of the way



What Qualifies for the R&D Tax Credit? Ask MISCO Speaker Company

Dan didn’t realize what types of activities qualify for the R&D Tax Credit and how many of those activities his company does every day.

Now, after receiving the credit, his business is more competitive, growing faster, and more profitable. More specifically, he acquired two companies and is putting the first speakers on Mars.

What Our Customers Have To Say

“The reason we feel that the R&D Tax Credit is important is simple — it saves us money. This is money we can reinvest back into our business. We have been extremely satisfied with Black Line Group’s services. They make the process relatively easy and have contributed to the reduction of our tax liability. After three consecutive years of engagement, we can confidently say that they are the experts in the R&D tax credit field.”

“Our company has worked with Black Line Group and filed for an R&D Tax Credit since the 2010 tax year. We had filed for this credit in the past but got away from using it for several years until engaging Black Line Group. It is a detailed process that Black Line Group has a great deal of experience in, and not something we would have been successful in doing ourselves. We know and hear from other NTMA members that there has been a lot of concern regarding audits by the IRS in regards to companies that file for this credit. In most of the instances of an audit, it was a result of trying to go back and amend prior year returns. In our case, we chose not to go back and amend, but to simply claim credits for the current tax year and beyond."

“We would like to say thank you for the great service we received from Black Line Group regarding the R&D Tax Credit Study you performed for us earlier this year. We noticed your booth at the NTMA conference in Colorado and realized it was time to get started on identifying and tracking our R&D efforts. LeanWerks is a production manufacturing facility and Black Line was able to help us identify all of our qualifying expenses for three years via a smooth and organized process. In addition, the documentation was provided for our tax accountants to immediately begin the amendment process without any further work on our part. The fee for this R&D service was fair and it more than paid for itself in credits. We received substantial federal and Utah state tax credits to apply to previous taxes and/or carry forward for future years. We would highly recommend the Black Line Group to other companies! We look forward to seeing you at the NTMA conference next year! Thanks again!”

“I would like to take a moment to thank you for the experience we had with Black Line Group. R&D tax credits are very important to organizations like ours. Custom manufacturers in the U.S. must find ways to add value through the best technology. We do this through engineering excellence. R&D tax credits provide a means to cushion the heavy costs that many times may never be recovered. Black Line Group made the sometimes exhausting preparation seem simple. I was personally involved with the process prior to Black Line and with Black Line. Black Line assigned an individual that actually knew something about our industry and our processes for R&D activity. Black Line is clearly the right partner for organizations like ours.”


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