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Senate Committee Calls for Quarterly RDTI Payments

May 4th, 2021

InnovationAus has reported that a government-led Senate committee chaired by Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg has called for R&D Tax Offsets to be paid quarterly, and for a new standalone scheme for software-related claims to be considered. The report included notable quotes: “The committee is recommending that different assessment methodologies be allowed under the RDTI scheme, and that consideration also be given to a standalone scheme for software development; “The timing of RDTI payments was also raised with the committee, with […]

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Direct Incentives are Needed to Improve Australia’s Research Commercialisation, and the Post-Covid Economy

April 19th, 2021

The black box flight recorder, Polymer bank notes, Wi-Fi technology and cochlear implants – they’re all Australian inventions. To keep these developments coming, and improve our research and innovation, we need direct investment through university innovation and small business incentives. Right now, Australia’s indirect incentives – specifically the R&D Tax Incentive – are providing 86% of our business research support. While that’s an impressive number, the R&D Tax Incentive offers money back, meaning small businesses could miss out if they […]

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Neutral Tax Policies Might Provide More Supportive Environments for Innovation than R&D and Patent Tax Incentives

April 19th, 2021

R&D Tax Incentives, like we have in Australia, are intended to drive innovation, and thus productivity and value in the global economy. By reducing the tax costs of those investments, policymakers believe that companies have an added reason to take risks to perform innovation that they may not typically take. However, not every country has tax tools used to incentivize spending on R&D and develop patented innovations, and of those that do, not all are the same. A recent Tax […]

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ATO Announces That “Collaborative Workshop Will Be Conducted Shortly” In Respect Of Software R&D Activity

April 12th, 2021

The AFR reported earlier in the year that leading technology companies (including Atlassian, Airtasker, Canva and Deputy, among others) had sent a letter to the ATO offering to convene a workshop with the ATO to “improve the understanding of software innovation in the tax office and, conversely, address any concerns the ATO has about software related claims.” Under the “matters under consultation” section of the ATO website, it is now noted that: A collaborative workshop will be conducted shortly; The […]

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