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Board of Taxation Review to Evaluate the Dual-Agency Administration Model for the Research and Development Tax Incentive

July 12th, 2021

Australia’s R&D tax incentive program is dually administered by two government agencies: AusIndustry (on behalf of Industry Innovation and Science Australia): registers R&D activities disclosed in applications lodged with the agency. AusIndustry has authority to make findings on eligibility of activities. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO): administers R&D tax offset entitlements disclosed in company income tax returns lodged with the agency. The ATO reviews compliance matters such as substantiation of expenditure and structural tax issues such as on whose behalf […]

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FY21 R&D Registrations Now Open

July 5th, 2021

Companies are now able to register R&D activities with AusIndustry for the year ended 30 June 2021 (FY21). For the FY21 period, the application process is now administered through the new online customer portal which has presented a number of changes over the previous processes, including: The need for the company director to have established a MyGovID account linked to the R&D entity and their R&D tax agent; New questions and reporting fields in the R&D application, including: Details of […]

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ATO Release New Draft Tax Ruling TR 2021/D3 (R&D Tax Offsets: The At Risk Rule)

June 28th, 2021

Under SECT 355.405 ITAA97, an entity cannot claim R&D expenditure in situations where: (a) when an entity incurs R&D expenditure, consideration had been received, or was reasonably expected to be received: as a direct or indirect result of the expenditure being incurred; and regardless of the results of the activities on which the expenditure is incurred; and (b) that consideration is equal to or greater than the expenditure. The spirit of this provision is to ensure companies only receive a […]

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Swanson Reed on TWISTA (This Week in Startups Australia) Podcast with Mark Pesce

June 25th, 2021

Swanson Reed has appeared on this week’s episode of the TWISTA (This Week in Startups Australia) Podcast with Mark Pesce. Topics covered include key documentation requirements for claimants of the R&D Tax Incentive and important planning measures leading up to 30 June. TWISTA is an Australian-focused podcast series seeking to help startups thrive, with interviews and advice from the leading founders, investors, and thinkers in Australia’s tech startup community. TWISTA is available through the Apple Podcasts platform.

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