April, 2018

Proposed Changes To R&D Tax Incentive May Render Many Companies Ineligible

April 16th, 2018

In early April, Treasurer Scott Morrison confirmed an overhaul of the R&D Tax Incentive in the May federal budget. He stated that the government was closely examining recommendations from the Australia 2030: Prosperity Through Innovation plan, released by Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) in January. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Bill Ferris, Chair of Innovation and Science Australia, stated that he sees R&D tax refunds for smaller companies as more beneficial than those for larger companies. The […]

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Diversifying Board Members Could Be Key To Innovation

April 16th, 2018

Innovation requires teamwork and multiple perspectives. Individuals cannot solve every challenge alone. Therefore, innovation is more probable if the entire company is encouraged to generate ideas. Generally, a greater variety of ideas will result from teams with a greater variety of backgrounds and skills. Chair of Innovation and Science Australia, Bill Ferris, believes that diversity on company Boards is essential to increasing innovation. He suggests that Directors be appointed who are technical experts, younger or from diverse backgrounds. For many […]

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Possible changes to $3 billion R&D tax incentive budget

April 5th, 2018

The Australian Financial Review have today released an article in relation to the $3 billion R&D tax incentive budget. During comments at the AFR wealth summit, Treasurer Scott Morrison indicated changes to the R&D tax incentive may be forthcoming in the upcoming May budget. The Government may choose to adopt the recommendations from the ISA report, one of which recommends bigger businesses being required to meet a 1 per cent intensity threshold before being eligible to claim non-refundable offsets. Mr […]

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