Technology and Media Communications

Lobbying for Enhancement to R&D Tax Incentive for Software Development Activity

February 1st, 2021

In September 2019, the Senate resolved to establish a Select Committee on Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology to inquire on a range of matters including “the effectiveness of current initiatives in promoting a positive environment for FinTech and RegTech start-ups”. This committee signifies that the government considers Fintech to be an industry of strategic importance. As part of the inquiry, the Committee has taken submissions, and a number of key stakeholders have raised the R&D Tax Incentive, which is obviously […]

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Software development R&D activities affirmed as ineligible by AAT in Royal Wins Pty Ltd Vs Innovation and Science Australia [2020]

November 16th, 2020

A recent decision in the AAT has affirmed a previous decision by Innovation and Science Australia (AusIndustry) finding that Activities registered under the R&D Tax Incentive were not in accordance with the legislative requirements. Royal Wins Pty Ltd and Innovation and Science Australia [2020] AATA 4320 (28 October 2020) was a dispute in respect of a registration in the FY16 and FY17 periods for development of an Integrated Hybrid Gaming Algorithm and Platform. The stated objective of the project was […]

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Camalic Pty Ltd and Innovation and Science Australia (Taxation) [2020] AATA 1590 (3 June 2020)

July 13th, 2020

Introduction: A recent case heard in the AAT has affirmed a previous decision by Innovation and Science Australia (AusIndustry), finding that activities registered under the R&D Tax Incentive were not in accordance with the legislative requirements. Background: Camalic Pty Ltd V ISA was a dispute in respect of a registration in the FY14 and FY15 periods for development of a software predictive tool that utilises a significantly large number of multiple variables to predict an increase in value based upon […]

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Federal Government Flags Potential Further R&D Tax Changes to Help Fintech Industry

February 10th, 2020

The Australian newspaper has highlighted a speech to the Australian Computer Society on Friday made by Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg, who is chairing a committee examining Australia’s fintech sector.   The article noted that: The government is mulling a number of policy shifts to make life easier for start-ups; Senator Bragg is quoted as saying: “FinTech Australia tells us the R&D tax incentive is the number one regulatory issue for fintechs. They tell us the importance of the R&D tax incentive […]

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