April, 2020

STA Lobbying for Australia to Have Greater “Sovereign Capability” in Manufacturing, Underpinned by Strong R&D

April 27th, 2020

In the wake of the COVID-19 situation, there has been numerous parties lobbying that: Not only should the R&D Tax reforms proposed to apply for FY20 be abandoned; but The government should also implement measures to enhance incentives for business investment in R&D. InnovationAus has reported that Science & Technology Australia (STA) has proposed: If the government’s proposed reduction to the R&D Tax Incentive were implemented, that any savings be directed to a research translation fund to help Australia build greater […]

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AusIndustry Lodgement Concessions on Finding Applications due on 30 June 2020

April 20th, 2020

Companies seeking to claim overseas expenditure, or seeking an advance determination on eligibility of a project must lodge a finding Application period to the end of the financial year in which the activity is first conducted (i.e. 30 June for activities in FY20). During a finding process, AusIndustry provides a binding determination of eligibility, and an enormous amount of work must be put into such applications, including the collation of a vast amount of supporting evidence. There is no provision […]

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R&D Tax Incentive Advocate CSL Rapidly Adapts R&D Effort to focus on COVID-19

April 14th, 2020

The Australian newspaper has digested the ASX announcement of CSL late last week and detailed how the company, which recently has overtaken CBA as the largest cap stock on the ASX, has rapidly adapted its R&D Effort in response to the COVID-19 situation. The article reports: The health challenges presented by COVID-19 have led to delays in the ability to conduct clinical trials and to progress candidates within the company’s existing pipeline; CSL remains on track to invest 10% of […]

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Using R&D Tax Incentive to Make the Most of Downtime During COVID-19 Disruptions

April 6th, 2020

The current COVID-19 pandemic presents business with a difficult and uncertain period. The disruptions are multifaceted, and may impact upon: A company’s ability to legally trade or demand for their output; Logistics of transporting a company’s supply inputs, output or people; Access to cash and working capital from customers and investors; Working arrangements and the togetherness of company staff These challenges present the need for companies to rapidly adapt their business models in order to survive. Swanson Reed has been encouraged […]

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