Argent Minerals Limited has previously disclosed a liability in the company’s 2019 annual report for “R&D Claims repayable” of approximately $1.4M. This liability was in respect of R&D Tax Offsets for the FY16 and FY17 periods that AusIndustry had found relate to ineligible activities.
Argent Minerals Limited had also reported that the company remained of the view that its R&D activities were eligible, and intended to pursue dispute of the adverse finding.
The company has announced to the ASX over the past week that week that:
The above is somewhat of a good outcome for the company, considering that when companies’ activities reach the stage of a negative finding, compliance proceedings are usually very advanced, and difficult to settle or overturn.
This is however a timely reminder that R&D Claims must be compiled and assessed with care, and that claimants should carefully adhere to R&D Tax Compliance guidance published by AusIndustry and the ATO.