AusIndustry Guidance and Materials

AusIndustry Consultation on Redrafting of Guide to Interpretation Document

August 31st, 2020

AusIndustry’s original Guide to Interpretation was published in January 2016, and has been considered the primary document for detailing how AusIndustry interprets key elements of the definition of ‘R&D activities’ as defined in the legislation. Material from the Guide to Interpretation was often referred to by AusIndustry during compliance processes, and it detailed AusIndustry’s position on complex issues, such as: Assessment of the purpose for which R&D Activities were undertaken; The scope of activities that are specifically excluded from consideration as […]

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AusIndustry Lodgement Concessions on Finding Applications due on 30 June 2020

April 20th, 2020

Companies seeking to claim overseas expenditure, or seeking an advance determination on eligibility of a project must lodge a finding Application period to the end of the financial year in which the activity is first conducted (i.e. 30 June for activities in FY20). During a finding process, AusIndustry provides a binding determination of eligibility, and an enormous amount of work must be put into such applications, including the collation of a vast amount of supporting evidence. There is no provision […]

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AusIndustry Issues Details of Revised Integrity Management Approach

December 20th, 2019

AusIndustry have circulated a link to an update on their website in respect of a revised integrity management approach, which is detailed here. This update has come following the release of an Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman (ASBFEO) report on the administration of the R&D Tax Incentive, which was critical of some aspects of the processes for compliance reviews. Key highlights from AusIndustry’s update include the following: A stated commitment to two way engagement and transparent decision making; A […]

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Small Business Ombudsman completes review of R&D Tax Incentive administration processes

December 12th, 2019

In recent months it was reported that the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman had been conducting a review of the administration of the R&D Tax Incentive’s administration. The report has now been completed and is available here. Some key recommendations by the Ombudsman’s report include the following:  “Where compliance examinations/audits are necessary, they should take place as close as possible to the first year of registration of a project. Statutory examinations by AusIndustry should not be retrospective beyond […]

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