March, 2014

Worksheet of feedstock within Company Income Tax Returns

March 11th, 2014

A feedstock adjustment must be included in a company’s assessable income when Tax Offsets for R&D Expenditure are obtained on products which are marketable or applied to a company’s own use. The addition to assessable income for feedstock adjustments was a key new requirement of the R&D Tax Incentive Regime. In an effort to assist with tax compliance, companies currently using MYOB  will be required  to complete a feedstock worksheet outlining the basis of any relevant feedstock adjustment. Whilst this […]

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Is Aus R&D Incentive holding back ICT startups?

March 11th, 2014

A recent report by the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has warned of the risks regarding innovation in the Australian ICT sector if the government fails to foster growth in more technology startups. In the AIIA’s “SmartICT 2014: A vision for sustained national prosperity” report released 4 March 2014, the AIIA highlighted Australia’s tax rules, particularly in relation to the R&D Tax Incentive, as being a major problem holding back the nation’s ICT industry. The AIIA report stated “Requirements in […]

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Bartercard Australia Pty Ltd and Commissioner of Taxation [2010] AATA 1058

March 10th, 2014

Regarding the matter of Bartercard Australia and Commissioner of Taxation, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) assessed what classified as income for Bartercard under the Income Tax Assessment (ITA) Act 1997 and whether expenditure by Bartercard on R&D was deductible under the special rules in s. 73B of the ITA Act 1936. Background: Bartercard received payments from terminating members in the total sum of $711,053.31 for the year ended 30 June 2002 and total $623,532.06 for the year ended 30 June […]

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HZXD and Innovation Australia [2010] AATA 879

March 7th, 2014

In the matter of HZXD and Innovation Australia, the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) reviewed the decision of Innovation Australia that a biometric project developed by HZXD did not satisfy the definition of R&D as defined in s. 73B (1) of the Income Tax Assessment (ITA) Act 1936. Background: The applicant, a company, as part of their income tax return had made a claim under the R&D Tax concession for their project entitled “Development of Face Recognition Car Parking ASP System”. […]

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