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Australian Companies Increasing Project Investment Based on More Favorable R&D Tax Environment

January 18th, 2021

The Government’s R&D Tax Incentive budget announcement on 6 October 2020 largely backed away from previously proposed and widely condemned retrospective cuts to the programme, and contained some additional R&D Tax benefits not previously anticipated, which are to apply from FY22. The SMH has this week reported that Australian companies have made substantial increases in their R&D Budgets as a direct result of the government’s R&D Tax Measures passed late last year. Cochlear and Resmed are quoted by the SMH […]

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Monadelphous Successfully Challenges R&D Tax Dispute Following Conclusion of Internal Review

January 11th, 2021

One of the most high profile R&D Tax disputes has been that of engineering contractor Monadelphous. In August 2019 Monadelphous recognised a $7 Million provision relating to repayment of R&D Claims for the FY15 and FY16 periods. The provision indicated that the underlying disputed R&D Activities may have R&D Expenditure of around $70 to $80 Million, and followed a previous announcement in May 2019 that the company had received notices of amended assessments from the ATO relating to findings by […]

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Commentary in Tax Institute’s TaxVine Journal calls for Stability to R&D Tax Incentive

November 23rd, 2020

This week’s TaxVine Journal (the weekly publication of The Tax Institute) featured some commentary from Mariana von Lucken of HLB Mann Hudd, supportive of the Government’s budget announcements and echoing Swanson Reed’s previous calls for stability to the R&D Tax Incentive. Notable extracts from the writer’s observations and opinions in this week’s article include: “the Government should stop fiddling with the R&D tax incentive, as the indecisiveness of the Government has created instability for claimants and made the innovation community […]

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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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