Industry Specific Issues

Evade the Brain Drain: Sydney Start-Up Hub Set to Grow

April 14th, 2016

They’re known as the Australian ‘Silicon Valley mafia’, a cabal of 20,000 talented software engineers who have relocated to Silicon Valley, the tech epicentre of the world, to follow their dreams of becoming successful entrepreneurs. But the exodus in recent years has raised concerns that Australia is losing its talent and has been left with skill shortages in the technology sector. ‘Brain Drain’, as it’s in labelled in public discourse, is the pervading fear in Australia that our best and […]

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Australia Plans to Reform Tax Loss Rules

April 11th, 2016

Throughout 2016, the Turnbull government has been following through on plans to boost innovation in Australia, as blueprinted in last December’s innovation statement. As we mentioned in a previous post, last month the government introduced new tax laws for start-ups and investors. Now, to further encourage innovation and growth among businesses, Australia plans to reform its loss tax rules. The Australian Treasury released a draft legislation seeking to amend the existing “same business test (SBT)” clause and to make it […]

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Research & Development Tax Incentive: The Year in Review

April 7th, 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 AusIndustry and the Australian Tax Office (ATO), as well as the release of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). As a result, the discourse of business and government in Australia is rife with mentions to innovation, disruption and dexterity. Hence, the policy settings of government and our macroeconomic environment has seen a shift in […]

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What Does an R&D Tax Incentive Audit Involve?

April 6th, 2016

Undeniably, the research and development (R&D) tax incentive can result in very significant cash refunds for a business which can drive its future revenue growth. However, as the R&D Tax Incentive is a self-assessed claim, AusIndustry issues ‘Request for Further Information’ (RFIs) to ensure that all companies claiming the incentive remain accountable for their claims. Therefore, because of this “self-assessment” process, it is important that you understand the compliance requirements. Moreover, the ATO has recently stated that they are working […]

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