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Independent Review of TPB Makes Reference to R&D Tax Practitioners

November 30th, 2020

Regulation of the tax profession is the responsibility of the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB) which was formed following the Tax Agent Services Act 2009 (TASA)’s introduction. An independent review into the effectiveness of the TPB has been undertaken over recent years, and this week the final review report has been released, following earlier consultations and publications of a discussion paper. Within the final report, reference is made to Tax intermediaries: of which R&D Tax Advisors are specifically named. The review report […]

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AusIndustry Publish Redrafted Guide to Interpretation Document

November 9th, 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 be 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 Core […]

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Opposition Comments on Government’s Revised R&D Tax Reforms Passed From the Federal Budget

October 26th, 2020

When the federal government announced in December 2019 that they would reintroduce their previous R&D Tax Reform bill with a proposed start date of July 2019 for FY20, it was met with widespread condemnation from industry leaders. The bill reintroduced at that time was largely focused on savings measures, and was a slightly modified version of a previous reform bill, which did not pass through the Senate. The Senate Economics Committee had noted concerns around the proposed intensity threshold and […]

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Real Energy Corporation Limited Provides Update on Status of Innovation Australia R&D Dispute

October 19th, 2020

Within its recent FY20 Annual Report posted to the ASX, 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 R&D Tax Registrations during the FY14, FY15 and FY16 periods, with corresponding tax offsets in dispute totalling around $7.2M. Further potential unpaid R&D Tax offsets of around $6.5M are at stake for the FY17 to FY19 periods. RLE has appealed […]

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