March, 2016

One Month Left Till the R&D Tax Incentive Deadline: What Do You Need To Do Claim?

March 31st, 2016

With the deadline for claiming the R&D tax incentive looming on April 30, companies must act quickly to ensure they don’t miss out on potentially significant tax benefits. In essence, any Australian firm developing or improving products, processes, or software, may be eligible. However, as at June 2014, fewer than 12,000 performing entities had registered for its benefits. This is particularly so as the R&D tax incentive is an often overlooked prospect for small and medium sized companies (SME) and start-ups, with many speciously believing […]

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New Tax Incentives for Start-Ups & Investors

March 30th, 2016

In a proposition to develop the economy away from a reliance on mining, the Australian government launched the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA) last December. Now, the Turnbull government has followed through on the agenda’s proposal to offer tax incentives to entrepreneurs and start-ups. The Bill, coined the Tax Laws Amendment (Tax Incentives for Innovation) Bill, was announced in March 2016 and aims to amend the tax laws to provide generous tax incentives for innovative start-ups and investors. In specific, […]

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Can the R&D Tax Incentive Offset Deindustrialisation?

March 29th, 2016

In the contemporary period, the idea of a ‘national economy’ in Australia is continually reinforced by national discourses of competitiveness and innovation. Our past, as described by Turnbull in his idea’s boom speech, has relied too much on the mining boom and has subsequently condensed other industries. However, unless there is a leap in investment and a long-term effort to innovate in “what we are good at producing”, a downward trend in the wealth of the original country is to […]

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What Can Australia Learn from The France R&D Model?

March 24th, 2016

With the release of the Australian Innovation Agenda in December 2015, Australia is experiencing significant economic and social change. Indeed, we are now entering a new era in which technology, research and ideas will become our most valuable cargo. Successfully leveraging these changes will ultimately require a social focus on innovation, collaboration and digital disruption. Specifically, universities offer a huge potential in shifting the Australian landscape to be more innovative, however, they are currently debilitated by low collaboration levels. In […]

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