ATO Guidance and Materials

Tax Commissioner Comments On R&D Tax Incentive Compliance Difficulties

August 29th, 2019

During a presentation to the Council of Small Business Organisations of Australia National Small Business Summit, tax commissioner Chris Jordan has commented that there is a structural problem with the operation of the R&D Tax Incentive, particularly surrounding the self assessment regime whereby the ATO may undertake reviews following a previous registration of R&D Activities and receipt of funds. In comments published by the Sydney Morning Herald, Chris Jordan was critical of the R&D “industry” that has emerged in professional […]

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Ombudsman To Deliver Findings On Investigation Into R&D Tax Compliance Reviews

August 28th, 2019

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman have announced that they will deliver the findings of an investigation into the processes for compliance reviews of companies registering activities under the R&D Tax Incentive (read article here). The announcement has noted that certainty of eligibility is essential if the R&D Tax Incentive is to fulfill the purpose of the legislation, which is to incentivise small businesses to invest in R&D. The need for this investigation highlights that R&D claims continue […]

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Ai Group Calls for Stability to R&D Tax Incentive

August 7th, 2019

Within comments posted by the AFR, Ai Group chief executive Innes Willox has called on the government to abandon proposed reforms to the R&D Tax Incentive, as well as provide increased investment in direct R&D Programmes. Innes Willox made specific reference to the ‘Intensity Threshold’ test within proposed R&D Reforms as a harmful measure. If introduced, the ‘Intensity Threshold’ would act to reduce the relative R&D Tax saving for companies spending a lower proportion of their total business expenditure on […]

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AFR Publishes Statistics on Repayment of R&D Claims Found Ineligible

May 28th, 2019

AFR has published data it has attained via freedom of information laws with respect to the repayment of R&D Claims found to be ineligible upon audit. These documents reportedly showed $500 million was reclaimed in R&D incentive compliance cases across three years; $200 million in FY18, $115 million in FY17 and $185 million in FY16. These documents also reported that 0.6 of 12,123 incentive claims made by Australian organisations in FY16 were subject to a compliance review, whereas this significantly […]

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