Industry Specific Issues

Review R&D Case Law: substantiating an experiment – Compliance burden or insightful planning?

October 24th, 2013

Changes to the definition of eligible activities; uncertainties around the definition of new terms, such as dominant purpose; and recent decisions handed down in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) regarding substantiation have all contributed to additional uncertainty for taxpayers during the transition to the new R&D Tax Incentive. In the AAT, a number of decisions have been handed down, deciding against taxpayers on the basis that the documents provided were insufficient or inappropriate for substantiating the R&D claims. While the […]

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Vision Intelligence Pty Ltd and Commissioner of Taxation [2013] AATA 527

October 23rd, 2013

The recent AAT decision, Vision Intelligence Pty Ltd and Innovation Australia [2013] AATA 527 was a taxation appeals case that related to a taxpayer’s calculation of expenditure items within its R&D tax claim submission and the possible penalties the ATO may impose on that taxpayer for recklessness in the calculation. This case is relevant to companies that wish to reassess their ‘risk profile’ and ‘reasonable care’ position with respect to the R&D Tax Incentive. Background Vision Intelligence (or the Applicant) engaged a management […]

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Upcoming Abbott Government’s R&D Tax Incentive Policy

September 6th, 2013

Swanson Reed welcomes ‘The Coalition’s Policy to Boost the Competitiveness of Australian Manufacturing’ with its support for a “new approach” to manufacturing and policy improvements to the R&D Tax Incentive. Tony Abbot and the Coalition has placed a completely different emphasis on the importance of increased commercial R&D in Australia than that of the Labor Government. In 2014, the Coalition plans to make changes to the R&D Tax Incentive program, including: A review of businesses over $20 Billion turnover program […]

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R&D Tax 2012 Lodgement Deadline: Information for Companies

April 12th, 2013

30 April 2013 is the lodgement deadline for companies wishing to claim eligible R&D tax 2012 year under the new R&D Tax Incentive. Companies planning to submit 2012 claims should be compiling submissions NOW to ensure Applications are prepared to an adequate standard. Below are some key issues companies and their tax agents should be mindful of for 2012 R&D claims under the new Incentive: The base rate of recoupment has increased to provide tax savings of $0.15 and $0.10 for companies […]

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