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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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Fintech Australia Uses Fintech And Regtech Senate Inquiry To Highlight Importance Of The R&D Tax Incentive

January 14th, 2020

In December 2019, Fintech Australia released its response to the Financial Technology and Regulatory Technology Senate inquiry.  Their committee voiced concerns regarding the Government’s plan to cut $1.35B from the R&D Tax Incentive and stated that the current definition of “experiments” was impeding innovation by preventing software companies from claiming the tax offset. The submission pointed out that the R&D Tax Incentive is the primary channel used to promote local innovation, with 64% of fintechs having applied for the scheme. […]

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