AusIndustry Guidance and Materials

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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ASX Listed Software Company Receive AusIndustry Finding That R&D Activities Are Not Eligible

July 30th, 2019

XPED LIMITED has announced to the ASX that the company has received notice from AusIndustry of a finding assessing certain registered activities as ineligible under the requirements of the R&D Tax Incentive for the FY18 period. XPED LIMITED had previously announced in the company’s interim report for the half year ended 31 December 2018 that a Refundable R&D offset of $1,634,607 was received in respect of the Technology Development segment of the business, which is focused on development of Internet […]

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Government indicates Senate Economics Committee recommendations on R&D reforms being considered, whilst R&D companies call for certainty

July 4th, 2019

An article published in today’s SMH has indicated that the government’s proposed reforms to the R&D Tax Incentive may be back on the agenda. The bill to enact these reforms, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018, did not pass through the Senate, and a Senate Economics Legislation Committee recommended that the bill should be deferred from consideration until further analysis of the bill’s impact is undertaken, […]

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New AusIndustry Guidance Released on Software Development

February 21st, 2019

AusIndustry have released two additional guidance documents particularly relevant to claimants conducting software development R&D activities: Software activities and the R&D Tax Incentive; Guide to Common Errors; This guidance has been released following earlier material from AusIndustry indicating concerns over inappropriate claims for Software Activities, and reports in the media of large software development R&D claims being found to be ineligible during review. The general principles within this new guidance remains consistent, in that claimants must demonstrate how their software is […]

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