Industry Specific Issues

Two New Tax Incentives for Startups Confirmed

May 5th, 2016

Customarily, when people consider innovation they often concentrate on the end product – i.e. the app, the software or the piece of hardware. However, they generally dismiss the steps beforehand that are essential in developing the aforementioned innovative artefact. In particular, policies can play a large part in the innovation process. In relation to this, there have been significant announcements regarding innovation policies of late. On Tuesday night, the 2016-17 Federal Budget was released, which notably proposed changes to lower […]

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Budget Breakdown: Key Considerations for the R&D Tax Incentive

May 4th, 2016

Over the last twelve months there has been substantial activity in respect to the research and development (R&D) tax incentive with various announcements broadcasted by the government and a declaration of a review of the programme. As a result, the discourse of business and government in Australia is rife with mentions to innovation, disruption and dexterity.  Last night, the treasury announced the 2016-2017 budget, signifying a major step in making Turnbull’s innovation goals a reality. In light of this, the […]

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Final Days to Register Activities for the R&D Tax Incentive

May 2nd, 2016

This year, April 30 transpired on a Saturday which has subsequently extended the R&D tax incentive registration deadline to today (2 May 2016). Moreover, as it is a public holiday in Queensland today, Queensland-based entities may lodge registrations until tomorrow (3 May 2016). As per previous years, the R&D tax incentive registration deadline is 10 months after a company’s financial year end. Thus, for companies with a June 30 financial year-end, they will typically need to register their R&D activities […]

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How the R&D Tax Incentive Tax Offset Works

April 29th, 2016

In its current form, the R&D Tax Incentive is an easily accessed and significant program that can provide generous benefits to eligible companies. In fact, the refundable (‘cash out’) component of Australia’s R&D incentive is the most generous when compared to other OECD countries around the world. Indeed, the R&D Tax Incentive is the Federal Government’s largest financial program to encourage companies to innovate. It has a minimum spend of $20,000 and is administered jointly by AusIndustry (on behalf of Innovation […]

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