AusIndustry Guidance and Materials

AusIndustry R&D Tax Incentive Updates For 2019

January 7th, 2019

Conducting R&D activities generates new knowledge that can benefit the nation’s economy. In a recent AusIndustry information bulletin, it was mentioned that one of the main aims of the R&D Tax Incentive is to encourage Australian businesses to undertake research and development that would not be conducted otherwise. This is achieved by helping to offset some of the costs of engaging in R&D. Useful information on the R&D Tax Incentive can be accessed from page 24 in the Innovation and […]

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Draft Legislation Released for R&D Tax Incentive

July 3rd, 2018

The Government announced on 8 May 2018 that the Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI) would be reformed and that changes would apply from 1 July 2018. Draft legislation has been released regarding amendments to the R&DTI. Stakeholder feedback is encouraged and responses can be submitted until 26 July 2018. Changes to the Bill include: Increasing the R&D expenditure threshold from $100 to $150 million; Introducing a $4 million cap on annual cash refunds (the cap excludes clinical trials). Refunds over […]

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R&D Tax Incentive Changes Announced in 2018-19 Budget

May 9th, 2018

In response to the recommendations in the ‘2016 Review of the R&D Tax incentive’ the government has announced proposed R&D Tax Incentive changes within the 2018-19 Federal Budget released yesterday, 8 May 2018. The changes take on board some recommendations from ISA’s previous review of the programme, along with some of the government’s own savings and integrity measures. The R&D Tax Offset rate will change, commencing for years on or after 1 July 2018. For companies claiming the refundable offset with […]

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R&D Tax Incentive for ordinary business activities under ATO review

February 24th, 2017

  Business operators and advisors are being warned that the Australian Tax Office (ATO) are reviewing tax incentive claims made for ordinary business activities. The following review is intended to target the misuse of R&D claims, and anyone deliberately exploiting the tax breaks will be pursued in court.     Misuse of R&D tax incentives consist of: A company registers one or more activities for the R&D Tax Incentive. Some or all of the activities registered are broadly described and non-specific. […]

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