ATO Guidance and Materials

R&D tax update - Issues relevant to building & construction claims

March 17th, 2017

The following R&D tax update seeks to provide information on recent developments affecting the operation of the incentive, and compliance issues relevant to the building and construction industry. Recent R&D Tax Offset and Income Tax Rate Changes The Budget Savings (Omnibus) Bill 2016 passed both houses of parliament in September 2016. Included within the Bill’s range of budget savings measures was a uniform 1.5% reduction in R&D tax offset rates, which will apply to R&D claims for income years starting on […]

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Taxpayer alert released by ATO for Software R&D Activities

March 1st, 2017

The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have recently released joint taxpayer alerts on a range of R&D Tax issues. The alerts have highlighted issues identified by the ATO and AusIndustry, such as: Activities registered being ordinary business activities that are not eligible for the R&D Tax Incentive; Expenses included in the calculation of claims that are not for amounts that relate to eligible R&D activities; Expenses included in the calculation of claims that relate to […]

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R&D Tax Incentive for ordinary business activities under ATO review

February 24th, 2017

  Business operators and advisors are being warned that the Australian Tax Office (ATO) are reviewing tax incentive claims made for ordinary business activities. The following review is intended to target the misuse of R&D claims, and anyone deliberately exploiting the tax breaks will be pursued in court.     Misuse of R&D tax incentives consist of: A company registers one or more activities for the R&D Tax Incentive. Some or all of the activities registered are broadly described and non-specific. […]

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ATO to review R&D Tax Incentive for construction activities

February 24th, 2017

The arrangements of certain building and construction industry participants that are claiming the R&D Tax Incentive are being reviewed by the ATO and AusIndustry.The arrangements under review concern R&D claimants who are involved in either: Acquiring buildings or extensions Alterations or improvements Constructing, extending, altering or improving buildings.   The review applies for instances where some or all of the expenditure: Is incurred on building and construction activities, which are expressly excluded from being taken into account in calculating an R&D […]

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