Government Policy and Treasury

Government’s First Comments on R&D Tax Incentive Since Election

May 21st, 2019

The former (and likely to be ongoing) Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews has been interviewed in today’s Australian Financial Review. This represented the Morrison government’s first comments on the R&D Tax Incentive since the coalition’s return to government. Ms Andrews made note that the widespread media reports of startup entities being subjected to adverse assessments during compliance reviews of their R&D Claims were not a result of technology companies being specifically targeted, and that “the R&D rules […]

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Federal Election 2019 – Impact of Result on R&D Tax Incentive

May 20th, 2019

Over the past six months, the R&D Tax Incentive became a discussion point and the major political parties have differed in their views. Labor sought to position themselves as prioritizing the R&D Tax Incentive over the coalition government, and had made specific policy announcements including: Criticising the programme’s cost reduction in the budget papers, and stating a Labor government would use the R&D Tax Incentive as a means of increasing Business Investment in R&D (BERD); A proposed introduction of a collaboration […]

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Labor Announcement on R&D Tax Policy

May 9th, 2019

During this week’s election campaign announcements, Labor party industry spokesmen Kim Carr has outlined the following in discussions with the AFR and Innovationaus.com:  Labor want to increase Australia’s Business Expenditure on R&D to 3% of GDP by 2030. As part of this, they would seek to double the number of companies registered for the R&D Tax Incentive;  Labour would offer a “collaboration premium” that would add 10% to the value of a company’s R&D Offset for certain qualifying expenditure such […]

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Further Statement from Opposition on R&D Tax Policy

April 26th, 2019

Opposition spokesman on innovation policy, Ed Husic has recently discussed R&D Tax Incentive during an interview by  InnovationAus.com. Mr Husic’s comments come after the cost of the R&D Tax Incentive programme was reduced in the forward estimates published in the recent  federal budget. Husic stated that  “Labor absolutely and fundamentally recognises the powerful place occupied by the RDTI in the minds of the Australian startup community, and we do not want to make changes that affect the startup community’s ability to […]

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