AusIndustry Guidance and Materials

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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Reports Industry Minister Is Considering Changes To The Administration Of The R&D Tax Incentive

September 3rd, 2019

InnovationAus.com has reported that Industry Minister Karen Andrews is investigating potential changes to the administration of the R&D Tax Incentive to give companies greater certainty about their claims. The report of potential changes has come following recent comments by Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell and Tax Commissioner Chris Jordan on the administration and compliance aspects of the programme. Within the article, Mrs Andrews ruled out issuing any new guidance that would change the established definitions about what constitute R&D under the […]

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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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Industry Minister’s Comments to AFR regarding application of R&D Tax Incentive to Software

August 6th, 2019

The AFR has reported that Industry Minister Karen Andrews (whose responsibility includes oversight of the R&D Tax Incentive) recently met with representatives of high profile Australian start ups and parties from venture capital firms. Attendees at the meeting included personnel from Airtasker, who had a previously lodged R&D claim found to be ineligible by regulators, which had been previously highly publicised in the media. Ms Andrews was quoted within the article as: being concerned by the dropping level of business […]

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