June, 2020

Media Reports That R&D Tax Changes Will Apply Retrospectively for FY20 (If Passed) As Registrations Open For FY20

June 30th, 2020

In December 2019, the government re-introduced a bill to reform the R&D Tax Incentive. This bill was a slightly modified version of a previous reform bill (Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018), which did not pass through the Senate at that time. A Senate Economics Legislation Committee recommended in February 2019 that the initial bill should be deferred from consideration until further analysis of the bill’s impact […]

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Senate Committee Review Into Proposed R&D Reforms Due Soon, As Opposition Calls For Bolstering Of R&D Tax Incentive

June 26th, 2020

InnovationAus has reported this week that the Senate Economics Legislation Committee review into proposed R&D tax incentive reform is reportedly set to re-open, and a meeting could occur in early July. In December 2019, the government re-introduced a bill to reform the R&D Tax Incentive. This bill was a slightly modified version of a previous reform bill (Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018), which did not pass […]

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Havilah Resources Ltd and Innovation and Science Australia (Taxation) [2020] AATA 933 (16 April 2020)

June 17th, 2020

Introduction: A recent case heard in the AAT has affirmed an internal review finding that Activities registered under the R&D Tax Incentive were not in accordance with the legislative requirements. The case: Havilah Resources Ltd and Innovation and Science Australia (Taxation) [2020] AATA 933 (16 April 2020) refers to R&D Activities claimed in the FY13 and FY14 periods. Background: The registered activities related to iron and gold deposits and were of an exploratory nature. The disputed core activities were: Understanding […]

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Moreton Resources (Subject Of R&D Tax Disputes) Enters Voluntary Administration

June 16th, 2020

Moreton Resources Ltd announced to the ASX on 10 June that the company has appointed administrators. Moreton Resources Ltd had become well publicised for its ongoing R&D tax disputes with Innovation and Science Australia: A decision by the AAT in September 2018 found in favour of Innovation and Science Australia, concluding that registered R&D Activities were not R&D Activities in accordance with the legislative criteria; A subsequent appeal to the federal court in July 2019, found in favour of Moreton […]

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