Technology and Media Communications

AIIA Says R&D Tax Incentive Is Crucial For Australian AI Development

March 29th, 2019

The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has stated that government, industry and researchers must work together to ensure solutions are developed for potential opportunities and issues posed by artificial intelligence (AI) products and services. Chief Executive Ron Gauci said that a focus on skills development and an effective R&D Tax Incentive programme would encourage a more favourable business environment for innovation, commercialisation and export of Australian AI products. He said that without strong government support, Australia will struggle to compete […]

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CBA Settlement of Disputed Claims for Software R&D Activities

March 18th, 2019

CBA have announced to the ASX on 18 March that they have entered into a settlement in respect of a tax dispute regarding the eligibility of claims for software development R&D activities. Below is an extract from the ASX announcement: Commonwealth Bank of Australia has agreed to withdraw from all current proceedings with the ATO and Innovation and Science Australia (ISA) before the AAT in respect of the eligibility of R&D claims that were made for the years ended 30 […]

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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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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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