Legislation and Parliamentary Matters

Reports That Senate R&D Tax Reform Inquiry Has Been Delayed Again

August 5th, 2020

In December 2019, the government re-introduced a bill to reform the R&D Tax Incentive. This bill was a slightly modified version of a previous reform bill (Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018), which did not pass through the Senate at that time. A Senate Economics Legislation Committee recommended in February 2019 that the initial bill should be deferred from consideration until further analysis of the bill’s impact […]

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Australian National Audit Office To Audit The R&D Tax Incentive

July 23rd, 2020

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is set to undertake an audit of the government’s administration of the R&D Tax Incentive scheme this year. This will be the first time the ANAO has looked at the scheme since it was introduced in July 2011. The audit will aim to assess the effectiveness of the R&D Tax Incentive’s administration by the Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources and the ATO.  Small Business Ombudsman Kate Carnell was quoted in InnovationAus, stating […]

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Reported Cross Bench and Labor Party Opposition To R&D Reform Following Senate Economics Committee Public Hearing

July 7th, 2020

In December 2019, the government re-introduced a bill to reform the R&D Tax Incentive. This bill was a slightly modified version of a previous reform bill (Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018), which did not pass through the Senate at that time. A Senate Economics Legislation Committee recommended in February 2019 that the initial bill should be deferred from consideration until further analysis of the bill’s impact […]

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Media Reports That R&D Tax Changes Will Apply Retrospectively for FY20 (If Passed) As Registrations Open For FY20

June 30th, 2020

In December 2019, the government re-introduced a bill to reform the R&D Tax Incentive. This bill was a slightly modified version of a previous reform bill (Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018), which did not pass through the Senate at that time. A Senate Economics Legislation Committee recommended in February 2019 that the initial bill should be deferred from consideration until further analysis of the bill’s impact […]

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