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Worldwide Innovation Leaders Come Together Over AI

November 14th, 2016

            Tech leaders Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon and IBM have joined forces to form the Partnership on Artificial Intelligence to Benefit People and Society (Partnership on AI) announced in September. Just as the name suggests the organization will carry out research and development on artificial intelligence with the fundamental purpose of identifying potential AI challenges for people and society. The partnership hopes that their discoveries will effectively self-regulate the industry independent of government intervention. Why […]

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Silver Mines Limited and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development [2016] AATA 707

October 31st, 2016

The AAT has affirmed the decision of the Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development not to exercise the discretion under the Industry Research and Development Act 1986 to grant the taxpayer an extension of time to register for R&D tax concessions for an engineering “conceptual process study” in relation to its silver mining  activities. In 2014, Silver Mines Limited applied to register its past R&D activities for the 2010-11 [under the R&D Tax Concession] and 2011-12 [under the R&D Tax […]

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R&D Tax Incentive Review

October 10th, 2016

As part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda launched in December 2015, the government instigated a review of the R&D Tax Incentive programme, chaired by Mr Bill Ferris AC (Innovation Australia), DR Alan Finkel AO (Chief Scientist) and Mr John Fraser (Secretary to the Treasury). The review sought to identify opportunities to improve the effectiveness and integrity of the programme and sought submissions from a variety of stakeholders (download the Swanson Reed submission here). The results of the review […]

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Omnibus Bill – Reduction in R&D Tax Offset Rate

September 19th, 2016

The Omnibus Bill passed both houses of parliament last week and included $6.5 billion of savings measures. Included within these measures was a uniform 1.5% reduction in the R&D Tax Offset rates applying for income years starting on or after 1 July 2016. Whilst returning the budget to surplus is an important task for the government, this reduction is disappointing as the R&D Tax Incentive is the primary mechanism for inducing corporate investment in R&D Activity. The stability of the […]

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