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Industry Research and Development Board [2000] FCA 979

February 26th, 2014

In the matter of Industry Research and Development (IR&D) Board v Coal & Allied Operations (C&A), the federal court ruled in favor of C&A, dismissing the IR&D Board’s application. Background: The IR&D Board declined to give a certificate in respect of some of C&A’s activities, which C&A claimed were “research and development activities”. The facts relate to C&A’s “Alluvial Lands Project”. The objective was to enable alluvial lands to be mined, and, to that end, to prevent, by the construction […]

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Industry Research & Development Board v Unisys Information Services Australia Pty Ltd [1997] FCA 777

February 24th, 2014

In the case of Industry Research & Development Board v Unisys Information Services Australia, the Commissioner ruled in favour of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT), finding that there was no intention to exclude the de minimis principle in the interpretation of sections 705-35 and 104-626 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997 (ITAA 1997). Background The decision of the AAT was that Unisys is entitled to a favourable certificate under s39L of the Industry Research & Development Act 86. The […]

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R&D Tax Incentive Deadline is Drawing Near

February 10th, 2014

Companies with a June year end that wish to claim the R&D Tax Incentive for activities conducted in the 2014 financial year need to register before 30 April 2015 to be eligible to claim. The R&D Tax Incentive can provide generous support in offsetting some of the costs of R&D to help your company undertake R&D activities and develop new products, services and processes. There are a few misconceptions surrounding the R&D Tax Incentive that may prevent some companies from […]

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Big businesses against R&D tax exclusions

January 31st, 2014

The recent submissions to the Economics Legislative Committee were an opportunity for business’ to voice their opinions on recent proposed R&D tax exclusions put forward in the Tax Laws Amendment (Research and Development) Bill 2013. Swanson Reed supported the proposed changes in our submission due to potential benefits to SMEs and the Australian economy (Click here to view our blog on our submission). However big businesses have used the opportunity to fight the proposed changes. The Australian reported on the […]

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Bryce Steele
Principal, Melbourne
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Tom Parkhouse
Principal, Sydney
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Andy Nguyen
Principal, Brisbane
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Kieu McKellar
Manager, Adelaide
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David Greatwich
Principal, Perth
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Krishna Gungaram
Manager, Hobart
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