Companies seeking to register R&D activities conducted during the Year Ended 31 December 2020 (companies that have a December YE for tax) who are yet to do so should note that the registration deadline is the end of October 2021.
The blanket and automatic extensions granted during COVID no longer apply, and the statutory deadlines revert to normal (10 months after the end of the financial year).
There are mechanisms available under the IR&D Act and IRD decision-making provisions that allow for extensions of time to be granted for R&D applications. However, seeking an extension presents additional administrative burden of going through the extension application process. Where possible, companies should endeavour to submit applications prior to the original deadlines.
Companies seeking to register R&D activities conducted during the Year Ended 30 June 2021 have until April 2022.