July, 2019

Research papers find benefits of Government Financial Assist has Positive Impact on Private Finance

July 10th, 2019

A recent report published from the Office of the Chief Economist has found that government assistance (such as that available from the R&D Tax Incentive) has a positive impact on a company’s ability to generate external finance. The report referenced previous papers investigating the effectiveness of R&D Tax Incentives which found substantial evidence that receiving R&D tax subsidies improve the likelihood and amount of external financing available to a firm, especially when the firm is small and high-tech (Lerner, 1999; Feldman […]

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Ultimate Vision Inventions Pty Ltd and Innovation and Science Australia (Taxation) [2019] AATA 1633 (27 June 2019)

July 9th, 2019

Introduction A recent case heard in the AAT has affirmed a previous decision by Innovation and Science Australia (AusIndustry) finding that Activities registered under the R&D Tax Incentive were not in accordance with the legislative requirements. The case: Ultimate Vision Inventions Pty Ltd and Innovation and Science Australia (Taxation) [2019] AATA 1633 refers to a company that registered R&D activities for the FY14 and FY15 periods. Background The project related to the development of an integrated health and fitness program and cloud-based […]

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Government indicates Senate Economics Committee recommendations on R&D reforms being considered, whilst R&D companies call for certainty

July 4th, 2019

An article published in today’s SMH has indicated that the government’s proposed reforms to the R&D Tax Incentive may be back on the agenda. The bill to enact these reforms, the Treasury Laws Amendment (Making Sure Multinationals Pay Their Fair Share of Tax in Australia and Other Measures) Bill 2018, did not pass through the Senate, and a Senate Economics Legislation Committee recommended that the bill should be deferred from consideration until further analysis of the bill’s impact is undertaken, […]

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Why Australia Should Change its Attitude on Innovation

July 3rd, 2019

Three months ago, SpaceIL, a privately owned Israeli company, conducted a spacecraft project that made history when it landed on the moon.  The landing, however, was disastrous, with the robot crashing onto the moon surface.  Despite this set back the team behind the robot (named Beresheet) did not see this as a setback but rather as an opportunity to inspire a new generation of innovators. Following this year’s reports with Israel named the world’s most innovative nation, prominent Australian women […]

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