ATO Guidance and Materials

ATO ruling on software development

March 20th, 2014

On 12 March 2014, the ATO issued Taxation Ruling TR 2014/1 titled “Income tax: commercial software licensing and hosted agreements: derivation of income from agreements for the right to use proprietary software and the provision of related services”. This ruling deals with when commercial software developers derive income for the purpose of s 6-5 of the Income Tax Assessment Act (ITAA) 1997 from: (i) licence agreements for proprietary software; and (ii) hosted or cloud arrangements for use of proprietary software. […]

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April Deadline for 2013 Claims Fast Approaching

March 12th, 2014

Changes to AusIndustry R&D Application introduced October 2013 30 April 2015 is the R&D Tax Incentive lodgement deadline for companies wishing to claim eligible R&D conducted during the year ended 30 June 2014. Companies who submitted their 2013 claims near last year’s deadline should be aware of changes to the registration application introduced in October 2013. This includes the additional requirement for: Details of the new knowledge intended to be produced by the core activities and how this is different from […]

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Worksheet of feedstock within Company Income Tax Returns

March 11th, 2014

A feedstock adjustment must be included in a company’s assessable income when Tax Offsets for R&D Expenditure are obtained on products which are marketable or applied to a company’s own use. The addition to assessable income for feedstock adjustments was a key new requirement of the R&D Tax Incentive Regime. In an effort to assist with tax compliance, companies currently using MYOB  will be required  to complete a feedstock worksheet outlining the basis of any relevant feedstock adjustment. Whilst this […]

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Draft Taxation Determination TD 2013/D9 released by ATO for public comment

December 12th, 2013

Last week, the ATO released for public comment  draft Taxation Determination TD 2013/D9  “Income tax: when will Design Expenditure incurred by an R&D entity be included in the cost of a tangible depreciating asset within paragraph 355-225(1)(b) of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (and therefore not able to be deducted under section 355-205)?” Submissions are due by 24 January 2014. The draft Taxation Determination is concerned with situations where an R&D entity incurs expenditure on various stages of design activities, connected […]

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