ATO Guidance and Materials

ATO Issues Warning on R&D Claims for Farming Activities

October 22nd, 2015

The Australian Tax Office and AusIndustry have issued guidance to alert companies against claiming the R&D tax incentive for business-as-usual farming activities. Expanding on this, ATO Deputy Commissioner Tim Dyce said that usual business expenditure is normally not eligible under the incentive and the law contains a number of requirements which must be satisfied in order for activities to be accepted. He further explains, “we’re seeing farmers applying soil treatments across their property, in some case thousands of hectares, which […]

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ATO ID 2015/5 Research and Development: Disposal of research & development results and future payments

February 17th, 2015

Does the disposal of research and development (R&D) results provision in section 355-410 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997) include amounts from the licensing of intellectual property (IP) payable in the future, subject to achieving future development and sales milestones? Yes. The disposal of R&D results provision in section 355-410 of the ITAA 1997 includes amounts from the licensing of IP payable in the future. These include future payments that are referrable to future development of the IP and […]

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ATO ID 2015/4 Income tax: Research and Development: Disposal of research and development results

February 17th, 2015

Does the R&D disposal of results provision in section 355-410 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997) contemplate apportioning an amount received by an R&D entity where the amount comprises of payment for results from research and development (R&D) and non-R&D activities? Yes. Section 355-410 of the ITAA 1997 is only concerned with bringing to account the disposal proceeds for the results for which an R&D entity is entitled to a tax offset under Division 355 of the ITAA 1997 […]

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ATO ID 2015/6 Research and Development: Carry forward R&D tax offsets at joining time for a consolidated group

February 17th, 2015

Can the head company of a consolidated group access the non-refundable carry forward R&D tax offsets available to a joining entity at the joining time?Yes. The head company of a consolidated group can access the non-refundable carry forward R&D tax offsets available to the joining entity at the joining time. In order to apply the carry forward tax offset after the joining time, the head company will need to overcome the limitations in section 65-40 of the Income Tax Assessment Act […]

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