Australia’s R&D Tax Cash Benefit Tops OECD Comparison

April 20th, 2016

Undeniably, policies aimed at growing national research and development (R&D) activity is now a central element of national tactics to increase productivity, long run economic growth and international competitiveness in most countries.

According to the OECD, the largest amount of R&D tax support, in relative terms, was provided by the Netherlands with 87% as percentage of total government support; however, Australia is a close second with 85% as percentage of total government support. Moreover, Australia actually tops the globe for loss making entities with the 45 per cent cash back benefit under the R&D Tax Incentive scheme.

To elaborate, the infographic (PDF version) below reveals a comparison of R&D cash benefits in OECD Countries.

R&D Cash Benefit - OECD Countries


For further comparison of R&D Tax Incentives around the globe, see: How Does Australia’s R&D Tax Incentive Compare to the Rest of the World?
For further details on cash benefits, see: Is the R&D Tax Offset Refundable in Cash?

Overall, the number of companies accessing R&D tax benefits from the Australian government has augmented to beyond 13,000 over the years. Over 7,000 small businesses currently apply for the program, however over 20,000 small businesses are actually eligible to claim. Despite the fact that the Research & Development (R&D) tax incentive claim process can seem quite convoluted, the benefits of doing it properly are well worth the effort.  Swanson Reed specialises in the R&D Tax Credit – contact us today to discuss your eligibility and learn more about how the R&D Tax Incentive may benefit your business.



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