Government Policy and Treasury

Opposition Policy on R&D Tax Incentive

January 17th, 2019

With a federal election due over the coming months, the opposition labor party have made some announcements with respect to their policy on the R&D Tax incentive. The original R&D tax incentive legislation was enacted whilst the labor was in power. Labor have committed to maintain the R&D tax incentive as the primary lever to induce business R&D. Labor have indicated they would look to incorporate the collaboration premium within the R&D tax incentive for expenditure on activities undertaken in […]

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Swanson Reed – R&D Legislative Amendment Submission

July 25th, 2018

The Australian Government announced a reform of the R&D Tax Incentive program as part of the 2018-19 Federal Budget. Swanson Reed is of the view that stable and generous support for R&D must be maintained to give companies confidence to invest in long-term innovation strategies. We have provided feedback in response to the draft legislation of amendments to the Research and Development Tax Incentive.  To read our submission to the Treasury, please click the link below: Swanson Reed – R&D […]

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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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