Industry Specific Issues

New AusIndustry Guidance Released on Software Development

February 21st, 2019

AusIndustry have released two additional guidance documents particularly relevant to claimants conducting software development R&D activities: Software activities and the R&D Tax Incentive; Guide to Common Errors; This guidance has been released following earlier material from AusIndustry indicating concerns over inappropriate claims for Software Activities, and reports in the media of large software development R&D claims being found to be ineligible during review. The general principles within this new guidance remains consistent, in that claimants must demonstrate how their software is […]

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Senate Economics Committee Review Into Proposed R&D Tax Incentive Changes

January 31st, 2019

The Senate Economics Legislation Committee conducted a public hearing in Melbourne on 30 January which heard submissions from various stakeholders including: Cochlear Ltd; Brickworks Ltd; CSL; Dulux Group; The AFR has reported that representatives from these groups have consistently argued that continual change to R&D Tax Incentive introduces uncertainty and reduces Australia’s relative attractiveness as an investment location. In fact, R&D spending in Australia has fallen by over $2 billion since 2013-14. The proposed intensity threshold for companies with annual turnover […]

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StartupAUS Calls for Clearer Support for Software R&D Activities

December 6th, 2018

StartupAUS, Australia’s national startup advocacy group has released a report titled Crossroads – Fifth Anniversary edition. Data from the company has found that almost 90 percent of startups rate the R&D tax incentive as “very important” or “critical” to their business’s success. Within the report, they have called for greater assurance for software companies accessing the R&D Tax Incentive, and put forward proposals including: A moratorium on audits for software claims; A legislative amendment to the R&D Tax Incentive, or […]

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R&D Tax Incentive Crackdown For Software Claims

December 4th, 2018

Reports have emerged in the media recently of software development companies that have been subject to adverse R&D Tax Compliance proceedings: Airtasker hit by R&D incentive tax crackdown that threatens tech firms Whilst the benefits available under the R&D Tax Incentive are significant, these reports affirm the need to ensure R&D claims are completed with diligence, and in accordance with the current reporting expectations. Recent publications from ATO and AusIndustry on software development activities have highlighted current regulatory compliance focuses, […]

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