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Real Energy Corporation Limited provides update on status of R&D Dispute

October 8th, 2019

Within its recently released annual report, Real Energy Corporation Limited (ASX: RLE) has provided an update on the status of the company’s dispute with AusIndustry/ISA over the eligibility of its R&D activities. The company had previously received an adverse finding for the company’s R&D Tax Registrations during the FY14, FY15 and FY16 periods, with corresponding tax offsets in dispute totaling around $7.2M. RLE had appealed the adverse findings to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) as was previously reported to the market […]

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Editorial in The Australian emphasises importance of R&D Tax Incentives

September 25th, 2019

An editorial published in today’s Australian Newspaper has highlighted that the taxation system is one of the most effective means of encouraging business to invest in R&D, and that Incentives could be used to enhance declining levels of business investment in R&D (“BERD”). The editorial emphasises Australia’s declining levels of BERD which have been widely reported in the media recently: Australia’s BERD dropped from 1.88 per cent of GDP in FY16 to 1.79 per cent in FY18; Australia’s BERD has […]

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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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