For Accountants

Lodgement Timing Differences

March 16th, 2014

The Industry Research and Development Act 1986 requires all applications for registration to be received by the IR&D Board within 10 months of the end of your company’s financial year end. For example, a December year-end company must lodge its application by 31 October of the following year. A June year-end company must lodge its application by 30 April of the following year. The ATO tax return lodgement date for large and new companies is considerably less than 10 months and for smaller existing companies is greater […]

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Advanced and Overseas Findings

March 16th, 2014

An Advanced Finding is a binding decision from Innovation Australia about the eligibility of a company’s activities under the R&D Tax Incentive. It operates similar to a private ruling request and has the intention to provide certainty for companies. Similarly, an Overseas Finding is a binding decision that relates to overseas activities and expenditure. There are specific rules surrounding the inclusion of overseas expenditure within a company’s Australian R&D Tax Claim. A company must seek approval to claim the overseas […]

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Deferred Franking Debits

March 16th, 2014

Does the R&D refundable tax offset generate a franking debit in my franking account? Generally, a franking debit arises in your entity’s franking account when you receive a refund of income tax which includes a refunded amount from a tax offset. However, special rules ensure that the amount of R&D tax offset refunded is not immediately reduced as a result of the entity becoming liable to franking deficit tax. The franking debit that usually arises when a refund of income […]

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Deductibility of R&D Expenditure Under Other Provisions

March 16th, 2014

If an amount is eligible to be claimed under the R&D tax incentive, you must claim it under Division 355 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997). The answer to the frequently asked question explains this rule further. I have registered my R&D activities but want to claim some of the expenditure on those activities under section 8-1 of the ITAA 1997. Can I do this? No. Amounts incurred on your registered R&D activities must be claimed under […]

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