March, 2014

IR&D Board v IMT Ltd [2001] FCA 85

March 27th, 2014

The respondent (IMT) brings a motion seeking an order that the matter be remitted to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), as originally constituted (subject to the availability of the relevant members) to be determined according to law without the hearing of further evidence other than as determined by the AAT. Background: The motion arises as the consequence of the lodgement of a notice of appeal by the Industry Research and Development (IR&D) Board from the decision of the AAT on […]

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Tier Toys Limited v Commissioner of Taxation [2014] AATA 156

March 26th, 2014

The AAT has upheld the Commissioner’s decision to reduce a taxpayer’s claim for the research and development (R&D) tax offset because the latter could not prove that the disputed expenditure was incurred. Facts The taxpayer was incorporated in 2006. It registered its R&D project for the 2006/07 income tax year with AusIndustry. The R&D activities involved manufacturing a children’s multi-layered “stacker” toy using an experimental and novel injection moulding process. The taxpayer claimed expenditure that included fees for personal services […]

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ATO ruling on software development

March 20th, 2014

On 12 March 2014, the ATO issued Taxation Ruling TR 2014/1 titled “Income tax: commercial software licensing and hosted agreements: derivation of income from agreements for the right to use proprietary software and the provision of related services”. This ruling deals with when commercial software developers derive income for the purpose of s 6-5 of the Income Tax Assessment Act (ITAA) 1997 from: (i) licence agreements for proprietary software; and (ii) hosted or cloud arrangements for use of proprietary software. […]

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Large firms to be denied R&D tax incentives

March 18th, 2014

This afternoon, the Senate Economics Legislation Committee (“the Committee”) tabled their report into the Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2013 (“the Bill”). As it stands, the Bill proposes that companies with an aggregated assessable income of $20 billion or more are to be denied access the R&D Tax Incentives. The Bill is expected to save approximately $1 billion annually and apply to income years commencing on or after 1 July 2013. The Committee recommended that the Bill be […]

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