Government Policy and Treasury

Swanson Reed – R&D Legislative Amendment Submission

July 25th, 2018

The Australian Government announced a reform of the R&D Tax Incentive program as part of the 2018-19 Federal Budget. Swanson Reed is of the view that stable and generous support for R&D must be maintained to give companies confidence to invest in long-term innovation strategies. We have provided feedback in response to the draft legislation of amendments to the Research and Development Tax Incentive.  To read our submission to the Treasury, please click the link below: Swanson Reed – R&D […]

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Draft Legislation Released for R&D Tax Incentive

July 3rd, 2018

The Government announced on 8 May 2018 that the Research and Development Tax Incentive (R&DTI) would be reformed and that changes would apply from 1 July 2018. Draft legislation has been released regarding amendments to the R&DTI. Stakeholder feedback is encouraged and responses can be submitted until 26 July 2018. Changes to the Bill include: Increasing the R&D expenditure threshold from $100 to $150 million; Introducing a $4 million cap on annual cash refunds (the cap excludes clinical trials). Refunds over […]

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R&D Tax Incentive changes announced in 2018-19 Budget

May 9th, 2018

In response to the recommendations in the ‘2016 Review of the R&D Tax incentive’ the government has announced proposed changes to the R&D Tax Incentive within the 2018-19 Federal Budget released yesterday, 8 May 2018. The changes take on board some recommendations from ISA’s previous review of the programme, along with some of the government’s own savings and integrity measures. The R&D Tax Offset rate will change, commencing for years on or after 1 July 2018. For companies claiming the refundable […]

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Proposed R&D Cap Could Hamper Aussie Innovation

May 4th, 2018

With changes to the R&D tax incentive to be announced in next week’s budget, entrepreneurs are hoping that the proposed $2 million cap on annual R&D spend will not go ahead. Treasurer Scott Morrison said the incentive was “Not about writing blank cheques to everyone that has a good idea,” but Aussie startups, who are heavily dependent on the tax credit, believe that the move could curb innovation and have negative long-term effects.  Many believe that the proposed changes will penalise […]

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