The RIFT Group

Independent and proud, the RIFT Group has been helping clients get the most from their money since 1999. From claiming tax refunds for individuals through to helping small business innovators claim R&D Tax Credits, we combine world-class expertise with inexhaustible passion. Based in Kent, the RIFT Group is a safety net and trusted advisor to businesses, organisations and individuals across the UK.

We’ve claimed back £211m in tax refunds, helped more than 400 small businesses beat the national odds to survive and grow, claimed back an average of £49k each for innovative organisations involved in research and development and helped employers of all sizes with the complexities of employment status legislation.

How we can help you

Whether you need a sharp pair of eyes or a safe pair of hands, RIFT has you covered. We can maximise your tax refund, save you money, build your business and keep you on the right side of employment law.

RIFT Tax Refunds

Tax refunds are complicated, we make it easy for you..

RIFT Tax Refunds are the UK's leading tax rebate experts. If you need help tackling the taxman, we can:

  • Handle every aspect of your refund claim, from checking you're eligible to putting the money back in your pocket.
  • Deal with your Construction Industry Scheme (CIS) paperwork and help you claim back what you're owed.
  • Handle your self-assessment tax returns for you.
  • Show you what records you need to keep, and how to use them to reclaim your money.

RIFT R&D Tax Credits

R&D Tax Credits Claims

RIFT R&D is all about making sure innovation brings rewards. Include us on your technical team, and we can:

  • Make sure you're getting the absolute best from the innovations you're making.
  • Hunt down every qualifying cost and activity in your business.
  • Deal with HMRC for you. We speak their language, and understand everything they need to see in a successful claim.

RIFT Video Game Tax Relief

Helping claim back 20% of your production costs.

RIFT VGTR is at the forefront of an exciting new tax relief for games developers. We will:

  • Show you how to take advantage of Video Games Tax Relief, and help you claim it.
  • Pick out all your qualifying projects and costs so you never miss out.
  • Guide you through the BFI Cultural Test to get your projects the certification they need.

RIFT Accounting

Accounting services for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

RIFT Accounting is your business bodyguard. Put us on your team to:

  • Set up your new business as a Sole Trader or Limited Company.
  • Grow your business safely and effectively.
  • Take the stress out of dealing with HMRC, and handle your PAYE and VAT arrangements.
  • Deal with your essential paperwork, like personal and company tax returns. Never get tripped up by a deadline.
  • Keep you in the loop on every part of your business. We'll make sure you understand everything and can plan ahead.

RIFT Legal Services

Legal advice and protection against HMRC employment status challenges

RIFT Legal Services are the specialists in keeping businesses on the right side of employment law. We can:

  • Give you tailored, pinpoint-accurate advice on your employees' status.
  • Show you the right way to employ subcontractors.
  • Give you a complete employer audit, along with supporting documentation and contracts.
  • Keep you protected while making sure you get the full benefits of being an employer.

Why choose RIFT

We’re proud of our professionalism and friendly approach. The RIFT Group is built on the idea that great customer service is great business. That’s why we’re proud members of the Institute of Customer Service and were delighted to be winners of numerous awards for Customer Service and Commitment.

To make sure our customers get the best service possible we work alongside industry bodies, employers, trade unions, HMRC and a number of charities.

  • Family owned business
  • Award winning Service
  • In the top 10 fastest growing companies in Kent
  • Over £153 million in tax refunds recovered to date
  • 45% of business coming from client referrals
  • Specialist teams for different industries
  • 5% of profits donated directly to charity

What our clients say

I have learned so much talking with RIFT Accounting – they really understand the difficulties in setting up and growing a business. I feel I can ask any questions about my business, and everyone really goes the extra mile in discussions about it

Jackie Brooker, Dakota Blue Consulting founder

I claimed over £2,724 after my colleague told me about RIFT Tax Refunds. I joined the Army when I was 16 and heard about RIFT through a colleague at my barracks. RIFT were easy to get in touch with over email and phone, and they let me know quickly how much I was owed. Before I knew it the cash was in my account!

Lee Smith, 22 Ex-Lance Corporal

I heard about RIFT Tax Refunds from my step son, about 3 or 4 years ago. He’d already done it so I knew it was legitimate and so I applied. RIFT rang me back very, very quickly, and I went from there. I was well impressed with the service, especially the second time around, within 2 or 3 days my tax refund was in my bank. It was very, very quick and I’ve told a lot of people. I've got more than £6,000 back. It’s nice to see it coming in, and I can spend it on my grandkids. RIFT have been fantastic and I've got several of my mates onto it since.

William O’Mahony, Construction

Honestly, I didn't think it applied to us. I didn't think we'd get an opportunity to have a research and development tax claim or refund, but I was proved wrong pretty quickly. We were introduced to RIFT Research and Development by the Joint Industry Board, and they helped us from day one.

After conversations, we quickly realised that we had a couple of claims, and we progressed them from there. It was something from nothing that turned to a decent situation for us pretty quickly. From a meeting, to writing a report, to extracting information from us quite succinctly and clearly, the total amount we received was in the region of £160,000. I'm looking forward to doing another claim with them on another side of our business.

RIFT are easy to work with, and you'll be surprised at the results. You'll be surprised what you have incurred as R&D, which you probably don't think is R&D.

Dan Little, Director at J Brand

Before we met RIFT Research and Development we were actually aware of the R&D refunds but we'd took it to our accountants, who had told to us that it wasn't possible to claim. We then came into contact with RIFT through the Kent Excellence in Business Awards. They started that conversation and we claimed back nearly £30,000.

RIFT have worked with us and guided us through the process of reclaiming the money against Corporation Tax. They were able to understand the projects we'd been involved with. They're friendly, efficient, responsive - all the things that you'd ideally want.

Luke Quilter, Managing Director, Sleeping Giant Media

Obviously, you hear stories of the government making funds available, but you don't tend to think that it's for you. We were able to get about £8,500 back from the government.

Working with RIFT Research and Development as partners was simple. They followed everything up and did all the legwork for us. All I had to do was sit back and wait. The hardest thing for us was taking the cheque to the bank.

There's nothing to lose, and all to gain. It doesn't cost anything to have the conversation

Stuart Fullerton, Director, Travel Welfare

"It’s lovely, working with RIFT Accounting. I feel confident that I have what I need and I can clearly see and understand what is happening with just a light hand on the tiller.

Simon Teague, Managing Director, New Level Results

Want to know more?

The RIFT Group is about a lot more than filing tax returns and counting pennies. Whatever help you need with your business or finances, we're got experts on hand to help you. Get in touch today to find out more.