Legislation and Parliamentary Matters

Productivity Commission Review of Industry Assistance and Upcoming Federal Budget

August 8th, 2022

The Productivity Commission is the Australian Government’s independent research and advisory body on a range of economic, social and environmental issues affecting the welfare of Australians. It states its role is to help governments make better policies, in the long term interest of the Australian community. In early August 2022, The Productivity Commission published its annual review of trade and assistance which it notes is to keep a record of assistance. Some notable extracts from The Productivity Commission annual review relevant […]

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Consultation Around Sunsetting and Amendments to IR&D Decision-Making Principles and Regulations

September 6th, 2021

– The Industry Research and Development Act 1986 supports the administration of the Research and Development Tax Incentive. Two legislative instruments under the act are scheduled to sunset on 1 April 2022: Industry Research and Development Decision-making Principles (Decision-making Principles) Industry Research and Development Regulations (Regulations) – These principles and regulations contain rules around: Processes for lodgement of filings with AusIndustry (who administer the R&D Tax Incentive), including registration applications, overseas findings and responses to requests for information; The powers […]

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Swanson Reed in August Tax Institute Journal

August 5th, 2021

A feature article by Swanson Reed is included in the August 2021 volume of The Tax Institute’s Taxation in Australia. Swanson Reed’s article covers the legislative passage of the recent changes to the R&D tax law, along with a technical analysis of the amendments. Taxation in Australia is continually ranked as Australia’s leading tax journal and is published 11 times per year, available exclusively to members of the Tax Institute.     Take our online eligibility test to check whether your […]

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Senate Committee Calls for Quarterly RDTI Payments

May 4th, 2021

InnovationAus has reported that a government-led Senate committee chaired by Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg has called for R&D Tax Offsets to be paid quarterly, and for a new standalone scheme for software-related claims to be considered. The report included notable quotes: “The committee is recommending that different assessment methodologies be allowed under the RDTI scheme, and that consideration also be given to a standalone scheme for software development; “The timing of RDTI payments was also raised with the committee, with […]

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