ATO Guidance and Materials

Real Energy Corporation Limited provides update on status of R&D Dispute

October 8th, 2019

Within its recently released annual report, Real Energy Corporation Limited (ASX: RLE) has provided an update on the status of the company’s dispute with AusIndustry/ISA over the eligibility of its R&D activities. The company had previously received an adverse finding for the company’s R&D Tax Registrations during the FY14, FY15 and FY16 periods, with corresponding tax offsets in dispute totaling around $7.2M. RLE had appealed the adverse findings to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) as was previously reported to the market […]

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Base metal explorer takes up provision for repayment of disputed R&D Tax Offset

September 27th, 2019

Argent Minerals Limited has disclosed a liability in the company’s 2019 annual report for “R&D Claims repayable” of approximately $1.4M. This liability is in respect of R&D Tax Offsets for the FY16 and FY17 periods that AusIndustry have found relate to ineligible activities. The report notes that: the finding was received in January 2019, and that an independent review is being conducted of the finding. Independent reviews are available to companies under the current compliance continuum where activities are found […]

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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. 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 to be under […]

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