Government Policy and Treasury

Concerns Over Consultation Process for R&D Tax Reform Bill

March 9th, 2020

A reform bill proposing controversial changes to the R&D Tax Incentive for FY20 is currently being considered by the Senate. This bill is 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 last year. A Senate Economics Legislation Committee recommended in February 2019 that this bill should be deferred from consideration until further analysis […]

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CSL and Cochlear Call for Stability to R&D Tax Policy as Parliament Consider Proposed Reforms

February 24th, 2020

Over the past week, The Australian has featured articles quoting Australia’s two leading medical technology companies, CSL and Cochlear, calling on the Australian government to deliver consistent R&D Tax incentives after four years of policy review and uncertainty. The article comes at a time when Parliament and the Senate are again considering an R&D Tax Reform bill, which was not enacted as law during a previous attempt following concerns raised by the Senate Economics Committee, largely due to complexity of […]

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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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