Industry Specific Issues

Moreton Resources’ R&D Activities Affirmed As Ineligible

September 14th, 2018

On 12 September 2018, Moreton Resources Ltd announced on the ASX that the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) recently affirmed a decision by Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) that registered R&D activities were not eligible. This was decided on the basis that underground coal gasification is a known and proven technology and is therefore not considered a research and development activity, as defined by the 1997 Income Tax Assessment Act. The AAT have issued an amended assessment for $9M. Moreton Resources […]

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R&D Intensity Requirement May Unfairly Penalise Certain Industries

May 22nd, 2018

Sixty million people are fed by Australian farming exports. With an ever-increasing global population, innovation in agriculture is essential to a sustainable future. However, the changes to the R&D tax incentive announced in the 2018 Federal Budget may be disadvantageous for industries like agribusiness. Up to 12,000 Australian companies could be affected by the R&D intensity change, which proposes that companies spend at least one percent of total business expenditure on R&D to qualify for the non-refundable tax offset. The […]

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R&D Tax Incentive Changes Announced in 2018-19 Budget

May 9th, 2018

In response to the recommendations in the ‘2016 Review of the R&D Tax incentive’ the government has announced proposed R&D Tax Incentive changes within the 2018-19 Federal Budget released yesterday, 8 May 2018. The changes take on board some recommendations from ISA’s previous review of the programme, along with some of the government’s own savings and integrity measures. The R&D Tax Offset rate will change, commencing for years on or after 1 July 2018. For companies claiming the refundable offset with […]

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Global Wave and Tidal Energy Market Set to Boom

March 16th, 2018

In 2016, investment in renewables were double that of fossil fuels. With a focus on clean energy sources being developed as an alternative to fossil fuels, the global wave and tidal energy market is set to be worth $3.9 billion by 2025, up from $212.7 million in 2016. With water covering over 70 percent of the earth’s surface, improving wave and tidal energy makes a lot sense, especially as they are more reliable than solar and wind power, which are intermittent throughout […]

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